Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: Prep Pitchers
Feb13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: Prep Pitchers

Part four of the Pittsburgh Pirates draft preview is the high school pitchers. The links for the first three parts of the preview are below. There seems to be a lot of pitchers with first round potential this year, both college and prep, but right now there only seems to be one high school pitcher who looks like a sure thing to be off the board before the Pirates pick. That gives Pirates fans a nice group of young arms to watch this...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: Prep Hitters
Feb12

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: Prep Hitters

This is part three of our 2014 amateur draft preview. On Monday, we covered the top college hitters eligible for the draft. Tuesday was the college pitchers, a large group with first round potential. Today we focus on high school hitters and right now, there seems to be a group of five that could go in the top half of the first round and then we might not see another until the second round. That could obviously change a lot between...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Pitchers
Feb11

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Pitchers

Yesterday, we had part one of our draft preview, highlighting some of the best college hitters in the 2014 amateur draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 25th pick overall in the draft, which looks to be top-heavy with college pitching. Out of Baseball America’s top 15 draft eligible college players, ten of them are pitchers, plus third baseman Matt Chapman from Cal State Fullerton has potential on the mound if the batting...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Hitters
Feb10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Hitters

The college baseball season starts this upcoming weekend for many teams and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in a strange position this draft. They aren’t picking near the middle or top like usual, they don’t have a selection until 25th overall. Last year and most years, we are able to focus in on a small group of players and get a general idea of who they might pick. This season, we will have a large group of players to cover,...

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International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted
Feb08

International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted

A couple international players have been mentioned recently with Pittsburgh Pirates scouts attached to their stories. One is a veteran with a long international track record, while the other would be part of the 2014 July 2nd signing class. The first is a player from Cuba, who may be one of those rare players from that country that are allowed to leave to pursue baseball elsewhere. Yulieski Gourriel is a 29-year-old third baseman, who...

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Pirates Spent $2.58 M in International Bonuses in 2013
Feb04

Pirates Spent $2.58 M in International Bonuses in 2013

Baseball America has released the 2013 International bonus estimates for each Major League team. The Pittsburgh Pirates ended up spending an estimated $2.58 M, which ranked 20th in the majors. Originally I wrote that this number had exceeded their $2.426 M bonus pool in 2013-14. However, the bonuses were just for the 2013 season, and included bonuses for the 2012-13 signing period. It appears the figures went along with Ben...

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