Prospect Watch: Heredia Hit Hard, Bradenton Goes 19 Innings
Jul16

Prospect Watch: Heredia Hit Hard, Bradenton Goes 19 Innings

Top Pitcher: Kyle Haynes, Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, Home Run: Barrett Barnes, Walker Gourley

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GCL Notes: First Looks at Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner
Jul10

GCL Notes: First Looks at Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner

The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Blue Jays 9-8 today in a game that featured 28 hits, including 12 extra base hits. Today was the first time I had a chance to see first round pick Austin Meadows and 14th round pick Nick Buckner. I’ve got thoughts on those two players below, along with thoughts on first rounder Reese McGuire, who I’ve seen several times now. Austin Meadows Meadows went 1-for-4 on the day with a single. He just...

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First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working
Jun29

First Pitch: The New Draft Slotting Rules Seem to Be Working

I’ve never been a fan of the new draft rules. I liked the old system where teams could spend whatever they wanted. I think if teams are allowed to spend whatever they want in free agency, then they should be able to spend whatever they want in the draft. I also never bought in to the fear that the Yankees and Red Sox could someday decide to pour all of their resources in the draft and out-spend the Pirates. The draft isn’t...

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Pirates Notebook: With Meadows Signed, Do Bucs Have MLB’s Best Farm?
Jun28

Pirates Notebook: With Meadows Signed, Do Bucs Have MLB’s Best Farm?

“So we get to do this for a second time this year.” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington introduced 8th overall draft pick Austin Meadows to the Pittsburgh media Friday. The team announced the signing of Meadows, who agreed to a full-slot-value¬†$3,029,600 signing bonus according to Baseball America’s Jim Callis, 10 days after the signing of fellow first-rounder Reese McGuire for under slot value....

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Pirates Sign Austin Meadows
Jun28

Pirates Sign Austin Meadows

UPDATE 2:24 PM, FRIDAY: The Pirates announced they have officially signed Austin Meadows, who will play for the Gulf Coast League Pirates in Bradenton. Austin Meadows had the following tweet Thursday: In the Burgh! — Austin Meadows (@austin_meadows) June 27, 2013 Pretty straight forward: he’s in Pittsburgh. I think a lot of people hope that means he’s about to sign. That’s not necessarily the case. Seventh...

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