Important Dates In 2011

At Pirates Prospects, not only do we cover the entire farm system, but we also focus on the business side of the game, specifically tracking the service time, options, waiver rules, trade rules, and the MLB draft.  The rules surrounding these events can be vague, so to clear things up, here are some important dates to remember for the 2011 MLB season. April 11th - The earliest a player can be called up without using a full year of...

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Weekend Draft Prospects Preview 4/1-4/3

With all of the talk about how Gerrit Cole has passed Anthony Rendon, and the worries about Rendon’s struggles this year, I’ve been thinking about something.  The situation with Rendon and Cole is almost like when you’re making a big purchase, such as buying a car, a house, etc.  You analyze the different options until you’ve settled in on the one you want.  However, it’s not over at that point.  Once you...

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Weekend Draft Prospects Preview 3/25-3/27

A few 2011 draft prospect notes heading in to the weekend: -Anthony Rendon returned to third base on Wednesday against Houston.  Fox Sports Houston’s MK Bower looks at how this return to the field could help Rendon at the plate. -The Rice Owls web site has an interview with Rendon after Wednesday’s game. -Patrick Ebert of Perfect Game looks at the battle for number one between Rendon and Gerrit Cole. -Keith Law has his...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 3/7

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 had a big week this past week, combining to go 9-for-18 with six walks.  He hit for a .500/.654/.944 line during this time span, with his third home run coming on Sunday.  MK Bower of Fox Sports Houston described the homer on Twitter: @pirateprospects And it was a smooth, easy...

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Poll: Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole

Yesterday I wrote about how Gerrit Cole might be an option for the Pittsburgh Pirates with the first overall pick.  Today Cole went up against the University of Nebraska, on the road, and pitched nine shutout innings, allowing two walks, two hits, and striking out eight.  Cole only needed 101 pitches to get through the outing, but came away with a no decision, as the score was 0-0 after nine innings. On the season, Cole now has a 1.16...

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