First Pitch: Mark Appel Made a Very Common Decision

Friday night saw the 2013 college season debut of a former Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick. This pick is a pitcher, and passed on signing with the Pirates over money. He held to his high asking price, and when the Pirates decided they couldn’t meet that price they moved on to some later round players. The pitcher decided to try his luck again in the 2013 draft, hoping to get the money that he couldn’t get the first time...

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Draft Prospect Watch: College Schedule Starts With Appel/Kubitza Match-Up

During the regular season, leading up to the 2013 Amateur Draft, we will provide a nightly recap of the day’s action, covering potential draft picks for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as following the progress of interesting unsigned picks from previous years. The Pirates have the ninth and 14th picks in the first round this year, so the focus for now will be played ranked in that range.  Our draft preview page, with links for...

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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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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 4/26

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 a big week this past week, going 5-for-14 with three doubles and a home run.  The home run came in the first game of a double header on Saturday, and was his first since March 6th against Baylor.  As usual, Rendon drew five walks in his four games. Rendon won’t be playing...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 4/19

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 went 3-for-12 this past week, with five walks and two stolen bases.  On the season he has now walked in 30% of his plate appearances.  So far in the month of April, Rendon has a .379 average and a .640 on-base percentage in 29 at-bats.  His biggest issue has been a lack of power,...

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