Interview with Chase d’Arnaud

Chase d’Arnaud was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, signed right away, and hit .286 in his first year at State College. This year he started the season in West Virginia, batting .291 with a .394 on-base percentage, before getting promoted to Lynchburg. Chase is currently hitting .271/.377/.444 in 133 at-bats at Lynchburg, with three homers and nine stolen bases. While at the Lynchburg...

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2009 Pirates Preview: 17 Things to Watch For (Besides the losing streak)

So far in my preview of the 2009 season I’ve covered the expectations for every player on the opening day roster, the players we will likely see mentioned in trade rumors this year, and the top 30 prospects for 2009. The biggest story of the 2009 season has yet to be mentioned. That story is the consecutive losing streak. The Pirates have lost 16 years in a row, with 2009 looking very much like year 17. That 17th year would be a...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Database

In my attempt to build a draft database for the Pirates, I felt it was appropriate to date back to the last draft where the Pirates picked a Hall of Fame player. Unfortunately for me, that was the 1985 draft where they selected Barry Bonds in the first round. Even worse, the results since then have been depressing. If you ever had a doubt as to why the Pirates are in the mess they are in, take 15 minutes and check out this draft...

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The Draft: Neal Huntington vs Dave Littlefield

I just received my 2009 Baseball America Prospect Handbook in the mail this week. It’s hard enough keeping track of all of the major leaguers in baseball, plus all of the players in the NHL, and all of the off-season moves in the NFL during the baseball season. It would be impossible to try and analyze 30 prospects from each team in baseball on top of that. So I get this book, along with a other sources and career stats, in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 2008

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign this player. Pedro Alvarez received a $6,335,000 major league contract with a $6,000,000 signing bonus. Robbie Grossman received a $1,000,000 signing bonus. Quinton Miller received a $900,000 signing bonus. The Pirates spent $9.8 M on this draft, just $600,000 less than the 2006 and 2007 drafts...

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