2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Preview

Check Back Later Today for the B.U.C.C.O. Fans.com 2009 MLB Draft Live Blog Nothing is more important to a baseball team’s success than the MLB Draft. Imagine how the 2008 Phillies would have been if they hadn’t drafted Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and Jimmy Rollins. Think about where the Brewers would be if they didn’t select Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, JJ Hardy, Yovani Gallardo, and Corey Hart. Even the...

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Pirates Notebook: No question where this team stands

A lot of the complaints I read from the Pirates players following the Nate McLouth trade expressed anger over the notion that the front office was giving up on them while they were just six and a half games out of first place. If there’s one point of evidence that can refute the line of thinking that says we had a shot with Nate McLouth on the team, then here it is: Player A: 6.64 ERA in 42 innings pitched Player B: 0.90 ERA in...

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2009 Draft Prospect Finalist: Aaron Crow

In the last few weeks I have been weeding through the draft prospects for the 2009 draft, cutting a list of 15 players down to three possibilities for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ number four pick (the list doesn’t include Stephen Strasburg, who is number one for obvious reasons). The second finalist I will detail is Aaron Crow. Click here to see Aaron Crow’s Player Profile and 2009 Stats Who He Is: Crow was taken in the...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown: Final Eliminations

Two weeks ago I started off with 15 players as options for the number four overall pick, and eliminated six of those players. Last week I eliminated three more players, leaving us with six players this week. With the draft a week from Tuesday, I will be eliminating the final six players down to three this week, giving us the top three players for the Pirates’ first pick in the 2009 draft. Of course Stephen Strasburg is the true...

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Pirates Notebook: A frustrating victory

Yesterday’s loss was a tough one. The Pirates were going up against one of the worst ranked starters in the National League: Brian Moehler, owner of an 8.31 ERA before the game. The Pirates managed just one run on seven hits against Moehler, who pitched a complete game. Fast forward to tonight. The Pirates were going up against the NL ERA leader and throwing their fifth starter on the mound. You would be lying if you thought the...

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