Anthony Ranaudo Tracker

ANTHONY RANAUDO RHP, Louisiana State University Age: 20Born: September 9, 1989Height: 6′ 7″Weight: 230Bats: RightThrows: Right Class: Junior Level: NCAA Division I Advisor: Scott Boras Links:The Battle for Number TwoAll Anthony Ranaudo Posts SCOUTING REPORT Ranaudo is a big right hander out of LSU, and coming in to the 2010 college season he is considered to be one of the top two players in the...

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Notes: Takahashi, 2010 Draft, Player Pages, Best Pittsburgh Blog

A few notes for the afternoon, some of them are to play catchup on some recent news: -There’s been a lot of talk about Japanese left hander Hisanori Takahashi and his chances of landing with the Pirates.  Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker mentions the Pirates as an option that has emerged, mentioning that Takahashi prefers the West Coast, but also wants a Major League deal and a chance to start.  Jon Heyman of SI tweeted...

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Pirates need to downplay Bryce Harper

Let me start by saying that there’s no guarantee that the Pittsburgh Pirates get a chance to draft 17 year old phenom Bryce Harper in the 2010 draft.  The Washington Nationals have the first pick, and as we saw with Stephen Strasburg last year, Washington isn’t afraid to pursue a tough negotiation for a player labeled as a rare talent.  However, just because Washington took Strasburg doesn’t guarantee that...

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Notes: Non-Roster Invitees, Bryce Harper, 2010 Draft

A few brief notes… -The Pirates added three more non-roster invitees to Spring Training today, according to Dejan Kovacevic. Those three players are shortstop Brian Friday, infielder Doug Bernier, and catcher Hector Gimenez.  None are really expected to compete for a roster spot, and only Friday has a future with the team.  The Spring Training tracker is updated with the additions. Bernier is new to the organization....

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The battle for number two

Tomorrow’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds, two teams with seemingly nothing to play for, will actually have some meaning. The Pirates are three percentage points behind the Baltimore Orioles as the second worst team in the majors. The Washington Nationals have clinched the worst record in the majors, and the number one pick in the 2009 draft. That means a loss by the Pirates tomorrow, or a win by the...

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