Point-Counterpoint on the Potential for an International Draft

In recent weeks with the talk of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations heating up, there has been talk of whether or not an international draft could happen. Wilbur Miller and I have differing opinions on the viability of an international draft.

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Giving Ross Ohlendorf Another Chance

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh Pirates right hander Ross Ohlendorf put up his worst line of the season, giving up seven runs on seven hits in two innings.  The outing took his season ERA to 8.29 in 33.2 innings in an injury filled 2011 season.  Ohlendorf was eligible for arbitration this past off-season, and was awarded $2.05 M.  That means that he’s likely due a raise over that number through arbitration in 2012, as the arbitration...

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Where Are the Hitting Prospects?

The first draft of the 2012 top 50 prospects for the 2012 Prospect Guide was completed last night, which means we’re about a thousand mini-changes away from the list being completed.  As I was formatting the top 50 section of the Prospect Guide today, it really stuck out how many pitching prospects the Pittsburgh Pirates have, especially at the top of the rankings. The top 20 prospects include a split of 13 pitching prospects...

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Pirates Who Are Out of Options in 2012

The option status of players on the 40-man roster is always an important situation to follow.  Remaining options play a big role in who gets roster spots.  A guy who is out of options is usually going to win a roster spot over a guy with options if the two players are close.  They can determine what kind of development plan a player can expect to see.  For example, Chris Leroux has been strong in multi-inning outings, but in order to...

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2011 Pirates Prospects Hitter of the Year

Earlier this week we named Kyle McPherson as our 2011 Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Year.  The voting was unanimous, which reflected how McPherson stood ahead of the rest of the pack throughout the 2011 season.  For our 2011 Hitter of the Year, the voting was also unanimous, although that’s not necessarily a reflection of how close the race was. It should come as no surprise that Pirates Prospects has named Starling Marte the...

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The Odds of Losing a Player to the Rule 5 Draft

I talked on Wednesday about the Pirates players that are eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft in December.  When talking about who needs to be protected, there needs to be some perspective as to which players are most frequently drafted, and more importantly, which players have the best chance of being protected. The Rule 5 draft changed in 2006, adding an extra year before players would become eligible, which really cut down the...

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