Gerrit Cole Has Shoulder Fatigue, Pirates Reshuffling Rotation
Jun07

Gerrit Cole Has Shoulder Fatigue, Pirates Reshuffling Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be reshuffling their rotation the next two days, as Gerrit Cole is dealing with what Clint Hurdle describes as “shoulder fatigue”. Nate Barnes had more details on Twitter: #Pirates manager Clint Hurdle says Gerrit Cole will miss his next start, "intention" is to bring up Locke for tomorrow and start Morton Mon. — Nate Barnes (@NateBarnes_) June 7, 2014 Hurdle said Cole has some...

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Rounds 36-40: Should MLB Shorten the Draft to 30 Rounds?
Jun07

Rounds 36-40: Should MLB Shorten the Draft to 30 Rounds?

The MLB draft was reduced from 50 rounds to 40 rounds with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That was a good move, as nothing significant really happened after round 40. Usually the only players who signed were college seniors, who could just sign as non-drafted free agents after the draft. College juniors usually went back for their senior year of school, while JuCo and prep players would go to a Division I college to try and...

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First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – A Disappointing Draft, So Far
Jun07

First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – A Disappointing Draft, So Far

Day two of the draft is over, and all of the slot picks for the 2014 bonus pool have been selected. Just like last night we will give our reactions to the picks. You can check out the recap of the day here. Wilbur Miller and John Dreker were both following the draft today, with the three of us working to find information on the new Pirates prospects. You can find all of our thoughts below. Tim Williams After the day one picks, I...

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell Homer, Stolmy Pimentel Makes Rehab Start
Jun06

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell Homer, Stolmy Pimentel Makes Rehab Start

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Draft Day Two Recap: Pirates Go College Heavy on Day Two
Jun06

Draft Day Two Recap: Pirates Go College Heavy on Day Two

The Pittsburgh Pirates went college heavy on day two of the draft, one day after taking prep players with three of their four picks. They stuck to familiar categories, taking outfielders and right-handed pitchers with the majority of their picks. There were two catchers and a shortstop taken on day two. The surprising thing was that with so many college guys, the Pirates don’t project to need additional slot money to sign their...

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Draft Day One Recap: What Needs to Happen to Justify These Pirates Picks?
Jun06

Draft Day One Recap: What Needs to Happen to Justify These Pirates Picks?

My initial reaction when the Pittsburgh Pirates made their first two picks in today’s draft was that the Pirates reached on both picks, and didn’t get the best value at their positions. The Pirates will say that they stuck to their draft board, and they will say that they trust their board over national pundits like Baseball America, MLB.com, and Keith Law. My reaction is still that they reached and didn’t get good...

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