Pirates Notebook: Funding the 2009 Draft

There has been a lot of talk about the Pirates 2009 draft, the international signing period, and of course the money it will take to fund these two events. I discussed the rumor that the Pirates would draft based on “signability” so that they can make an offer to Miguel Angel Sano, the top Dominican prospect. That rumor was later put to rest by Neal Huntington. So where do we stand on the draft/international signing issue?...

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Pirates Notebook: Too early to give up on Snell

After his recent outing against the Cubs, which yielded six runs in five innings, and raised his ERA to 5.43 on the season, Pirates fans are calling for Ian Snell’s head. Snell, who makes $3.2 M this season, ranking him as the second highest paid starter in the rotation, now has the worst ERA amongst Pirates’ starters, and by far the worst WHIP at 1.585. Considering that he’s following up a season where he had a 5.42...

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Pirates Notebook: Drafting for signability to get Sano?

A lot of rumors have come about lately, mostly from ESPN’s Keith Law, stating that the Pirates are looking to take a high school player like 3B Bobby Borchering, C/3B Wil Myers, or RHP Matt Hobgood with their first pick. These players would provide a signability advantage, with the possibility of working out pre-draft deals. The idea would be to free up money for top Dominican prospect, Miguel Angel Sano. In Law’s latest...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown: Elimination Style Part 2

Last week I cut a list of 15 draft prospects down to nine players. The college regular season is coming to a close, and the draft is a little over two weeks away. Therefore, it’s time to cut that list of nine draft prospects down to six. The end result of all of this will be to settle on the top three players for the Pirates to take at pick number four in the 2009 MLB draft (Stephen Strasburg is number one, but I’m not...

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Pirates Notebook: The Dominican Debate

Dejan Kovacevic of the PPG wrote last week about top Dominican prospect Miguel Angel Sano, who I like to call Hanley Pujols, and the Pirates currently positioned on the inside track for signing him. The only problem would be the money: a bonus expected to be around $4 M. Is that really a problem though? There is the risk involved. Sano is 16. You could look at that two ways. You could say that it’s hard to project the future of...

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