Pirates Notebook: Glad We Passed On Scheppers

When I was tracking draft prospects for the 2009 draft, I threw Tanner Scheppers in just for the heck of it. There was a lot of talk about how he could go as high as number two, and every Pirates fan was thinking “too bad we didn’t sign him last year”. I would be included in that list, but that doesn’t mean I wanted Scheppers this year. In fact, I would have rather had the guys we took in the second round,...

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Draft Pick Updates

A few updates today on the status of two draft picks: -According to Rocco DeMaro’s Twitter page (@RoccoDeMaro), the signing bonus for Brooks Pounders, originally reported at around $900 K, is actually around $670 K. It may not seem like a huge difference, but that amount was similar to what we paid Wes Freeman AND Jarek Cunningham last year. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated. -According to this article, 9th round pick...

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Pirates Notebook: Cardinals and Astros go nuts signing picks

Often there’s a certain group of Pittsburgh Pirates fans who remind me of Randy Quaid’s character in Major League II (I think I’ve seen Pat at WHYGAVS refer to them as the Tin Foil crowd). I realize that there’s a lot to complain about in 16, going on 17 losing seasons, but it gets to the point where the complaining becomes ridiculous. I’m not talking about this type of complaining… No, the...

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Pirates Notebook: Maholm is better with Diaz

I’ve posted this many times in the past, but I feel it needs to be posted after every Paul Maholm start. Paul Maholm and Jason Jaramillo just don’t mix. Before I go on, the updated CERA chart, comparing the pitching rotation under Ryan Doumit, Robinzon Diaz, and Jason Jaramillo: As you can see, Maholm has been great with Doumit and Diaz, and horrible with Jaramillo. Tonight was just another example. The issue was brought...

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Pirates Notebook: Long wait until August 17th

The Pirates locked up their first round pick today, signing Tony Sanchez to what is being reported as a $2.475 M bonus by the PPG (which is the same amount that Daniel Moskos received two years ago). I updated the 2009 Draft Pick Signing Tracker (well, created it, actually) and put a few thoughts down earlier today on the signing. We’re so used to seeing prospects creep through our minor league systems. Either they’re...

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