The Pirates Have Spent Big in the Draft, But Has it Paid Off?

Last week, during the round table discussion at Bucs Dugout, a question was raised about how each team’s draft results compare to their total spending. I’ve previously looked at the 2008 draft, noting the success stories from each round, and comparing that to what the Pirates got. Looking at the $/WAR for each team sounded interesting. It’s not a perfect method, but it would be one of the best ways to quantify draft...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 2/28

Here is a recap of how each of the top 2011 draft prospects did this past week.  Click on their names to go to their tracker pages. ANTHONY RENDON Rendon started off the season on a slow note last week, hitting for a .250/.250/.250 line in his first 12 at-bats.  He did a complete 180 this week, catching fire at the plate, despite playing with a sore shoulder, which limited him to DH duties this week.  He went 6-for-9 with a walk...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 2/21

Here is a recap of how each of the top 2011 draft prospects did this weekend.  Click on their names to go to their tracker pages. ANTHONY RENDON If you were hoping for a big start to the 2011 season for Rendon, you didn’t get your wish this weekend.  Rendon combined to go 3-for-12 over the weekend, with all three hits going for singles.  One of the hits on Sunday was arguably an error on the center fielder, and none of them were...

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2008 Draft Picks: The First Full Year

The 2008 draft marked the first draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates under Neal Huntington. Right from the start it represented a major change, with the Pirates selecting Pedro Alvarez with the number two pick in the draft. The selection would normally be considered a no-brainer, but for a team that selected Bryan Bullington over B.J. Upton, and Daniel Moskos over Matt Wieters, pretty much every Pirates fan was skeptical about whether the...

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Interview with Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Fresno State. After being selected, Justin led Fresno State to the NCAA National Championship, including a great performance in the final game where he allowed five hits in eight innings, leading Fresno State to a 6-1 win. Justin has been pitching for the Lynchburg Hillcats the entire 2009 season, his first in the pros. I interviewed...

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