Is Hultzen the Next Bullington?

In 2002, the Pittsburgh Pirates had the first overall pick in the Major League draft.  With the pick, the Pirates selected right handed pitcher Bryan Bullington out of Ball State University.  Every year since then, during this time period of pre-draft rumors discussing who teams could potentially select, Pirates fans have been searching for the Bullington of each draft. There’s a reason for this.  Bullington has ended up as one...

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A decade ago: Spending money to make money

It is late February and spring training games are about to begin. It is a wonderful time of the year, a time for “Player X is in the best shape of his life” stories and reports on bullpen sessions and rundown drills. And, most importantly, optimism reigns supreme in both Florida and Arizona.   At least, I suppose that is probably an accurate description of most Major League Baseball towns across America. In Pittsburgh, late...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 2002

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. Bryan Bullington received a $4,000,000 signing bonus. The Pirates selected Bullington with the first overall pick, rather than taking the consensus top prospect, B.J. Upton. Upton was drafted by the Rays and signed for $600,000 more than...

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