Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/10/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Toledo. Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 0 for 4 in his debut at Indianapolis. Ian Snell pitched six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, with four strikeouts and one walk. Steven Jackson pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout. AA The Result: Altoona lost 2-1 in 14 innings to Bowie. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5...

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Draft Pick Updates

A few updates today on the status of two draft picks: -According to Rocco DeMaro’s Twitter page (@RoccoDeMaro), the signing bonus for Brooks Pounders, originally reported at around $900 K, is actually around $670 K. It may not seem like a huge difference, but that amount was similar to what we paid Wes Freeman AND Jarek Cunningham last year. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated. -According to this article, 9th round pick...

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Pirates Notebook: Cardinals and Astros go nuts signing picks

Often there’s a certain group of Pittsburgh Pirates fans who remind me of Randy Quaid’s character in Major League II (I think I’ve seen Pat at WHYGAVS refer to them as the Tin Foil crowd). I realize that there’s a lot to complain about in 16, going on 17 losing seasons, but it gets to the point where the complaining becomes ridiculous. I’m not talking about this type of complaining… No, the...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates lose value by trading Grabow

With John Grabow set to be a free agent at the end of the season, we’re going to see a lot of talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates trading their lefty set-up man to re-stock the farm system. If they really want to re-stock the farm system, they should hold on to him…at least until the end of the 2009 season. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Grabow is a probable Type A free agent after this season. If you are unfamiliar with Type A...

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Pirates Notebook: Make or Break for Huntington

I’ll give Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office credit: they don’t care at all what the fans of Pittsburgh think. They’re going to do what they think is right, regardless of the public backlash that will come from the moves they make. I think that’s a good thing. You can’t make your decisions based on the demands of the fan base. The fans are exactly that: fans. They don’t know...

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