Draft Day One Recap: Pirates Go With High Upside Prep Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a theme on day one of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft: left-handed prep players. With their first pick, the Pirates took Austin Meadows, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Georgia. With their second pick in the first round, the Pirates took Reese McGuire, a left-handed hitting prep catcher from San Diego. Then in the second round the Pirates took Blake Taylor, a left-handed prep pitcher. With the...

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How to Follow the Draft On Pirates Prospects

It may or may not be a surprise that the MLB draft has always been the biggest event on this site. It was a few years ago, during the 2009 draft, that the site got its first boost in readers on draft day. The site went from having 200-300 views per day to over 2,000 views per day thanks in large part to Rob Neyer highlighting my day two recap. Ironically the day two recap talked about how the prep pitchers in the 2009 draft made the...

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P3 Episode 7: Talking Pirates Draft With Jim Callis of Baseball America

Episode seven of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. The MLB Draft is on Thursday, and to prepare we have a special draft-only podcast, featuring special guest Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) of Baseball America. Highlights of the show include: **John Dreker and I discuss the Pirates Prospects Top 100 Tiered Rankings, which can be found here. We give our thoughts on the 9th and 14th picks, plus some of the...

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Pirates Prospects 2013 Draft Top 100 Tiered Rankings

The 2013 MLB Draft starts on Thursday at 7 PM, with the first two rounds of the draft taking place that evening. The Pittsburgh Pirates pick 9th, 14th, and 51st that day. Rounds 3-10 follow on Friday at 1 PM, and rounds 11-40 are on Saturday at 1 PM. Last year we started doing a top 100 draft prospects list, providing a preview for the draft. Rather than going with a numerical ranking, we went with tiered rankings. That was mostly...

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Prospect Notebook: Allie And Glasnow Top West Virginia Series Recap

I had a chance to see the West Virginia Power play four games in Lakewood this weekend, posting game recaps each night highlighting the better prospects on the team. With four days of watching them all play, it’s time to give my impressions of the series and the players. With Jake Burnette going to the bullpen, I actually got to see all five starters pitch. I also had the great opportunity to sit down and talk about the team...

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Has Russell Martin been the Best Free Agent Signing?

You get the sense with this Pirates team that something is different. Sure, Pittsburgh has been rattling off wins at a near-record pace and appears poised to battle with St. Louis and Cincinnati all summer for positioning in the National League Central with the prospect of spot in the playoffs not seeming like a pipe dream. Those are all not the norm for the Pirates, but what has been the catalyst for the transformation from a good...

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