Pirates’ Draft Is An Impossible Situation

In less than three weeks, the Pittsburgh Pirates will make the important choice of who they want with the first overall pick in the MLB draft.  Normally, the number one pick is a gift for a team in need.  This time last year, if the Pirates had the number one overall pick, they’d be set to take one of the best young talents in the history of the draft: Bryce Harper.  If they had the pick two years ago, they would be in position...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 5/17

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 another poor weekend, going 2-for-9 at the plate, but walking six times.  He did have a big day on Friday, going 1-for-3 with a homer and two walks.  The home run was his fifth of the year, and first one since April 23rd.  On the season, Rendon is hitting for a .322/.530/.515...

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Weekend Draft Prospects Preview: 5/13-5/15

There seems to be a feeling that the Pittsburgh Pirates can’t catch a break in the Major League Baseball draft over the last few years.  In 2009 the Pirates had the fourth overall pick.  Unfortunately, only two players stood out from the rest: Stephen Strasburg and Dustin Ackley, who went first and second overall respectively.  In 2010 the Pirates had the second overall pick, but only one player stood out from the rest: Bryce...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 5/11

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 struggled this weekend, combining to go 1-for-13 with two walks.  He continued those struggles last night, going 0-for-3 with a walk.  He only has played five games in the month of May, but in those five games he’s hitting for a .158/.333/.211 line.  This follows a month where...

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Should the Pirates Look Beyond Rendon and Cole?

There have been a lot of concerns brought up about Anthony Rendon this year.  The Rice third baseman – or should I say designated hitter, since he hasn’t played much third base this year – is hitting for a .350/.552/.552 line, with the main downside being a lack of power (4 homers in 143 at-bats). There have been a lot of issues surrounding Rendon.  He suffered major ankle injuries in back to back seasons heading in...

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