2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 3/8

A year ago today, Dustin Ackley was hitting for a very impressive .341/.482/.455 line in 44 at-bats, although he was hardly considered one of the top prospects in the draft.  That’s because he had yet to homer once in those 44 at-bats.  Over his next five games, Ackley went 13-for-21 with five homers, boosting him to the top of the draft class, where he would remain the rest of the season.  This past weekend we...

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Bryce, Bryce, Baby

Sorry about that title.  I couldn’t resist. It’s still early in the college season, so early that the major league season hasn’t even started.  However, the top of the draft may be starting to shape up, with 17 year old phenom Bryce Harper looking like the real deal at the College of Southern Nevada.  Harper capped off a double header today with a 7-for-8 line, and two homers, one in each game....

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 3/1

This past weekend saw Bryce Harper out of action due to no games on the schedule, Anthony Ranaudo out of action due to an injury, and alternate options for the Pirates’ number two selection in the draft in action, with Drew Pomeranz being the player of the week from the remaining players I’m tracking.  Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker....

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The Risk of Taking a Pitcher in the First Round

Earlier this week, Kipper at The Pirates Tavern forum sent me a post he did looking back at recent draft history, focusing on players taken in the top five picks from 1999-2005.  What he found was that hitters have been the safer picks, and that the failure rate amongst pitchers in the top five picks has been very apparent.  I appreciate the work and the effort Kipper put in, and he reaches a conclusion that is similar to a theory...

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Notes: Minors, Walker, Ranaudo, 2010 Draft, Dynasty

A few notes from the last few days: -Jennifer Langosch had some great notes on several minor league players yesterday.  A brief summary: Pedro Alvarez will remain at third base, but that could be influenced by the play of Andy LaRoche or Jeff Clement. The key for Neil Walker is hitting.  The article includes a quote from Kyle Stark saying the Pirates will find a place for Walker if he improves that area of his game. Jose...

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