Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

After two weeks of watching bullpen sessions, live batting practice, fielding drills, and every other activity that wasn’t a game, I was looking forward to the start of the schedule in minor league camp. That schedule started today, with the first three days listed as camp days. Usually that means intrasquad games at the end of practice. That was the case today, with two games taking place side by side. I sat down in between the...

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Pirates Reach Agreement With 12th Round Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with 12th round pick Candon Myles, Pirates Prospects has learned.  Myles, drafted as a center fielder out of high school, had a commitment to Howard College, but opted to go pro instead.  In 2011 he hit for a .495 average for Grand Prairie High School, and had 45 stolen bases.  He’s a weapon on the bases with his speed, holding the motto that if he can get on first base, he...

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2011 Draft Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round

If Major League Baseball decides to install a hard slotting system in the draft after this year, it will be a massive blow to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have spent the most on draft bonuses in the last three years, and look to spend big again this year.  For the second year in a row, the Pirates saw a projected top 10 pick fall to them in the second round, entirely due to signability issues.  For the second year in a row, the Pirates...

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More on 12th Round Pick Candon Myles

Pirates Prospects is not only read by Pirates fans interested in learning about the farm system. It’s also read by players, coaches, agents, friends and family members.  I’m always pleased to see the friends, family members, and coaches of recent Pirates draft picks discovering and following the site.  We kind of take the draft for granted, chalking it up as a systematic procedure, and thinking of the players as...

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Rounds 11-15: Pirates Load Up on Center Fielders

Three of the five picks for the Pittsburgh Pirates in rounds 11-15 were center fielders out of the prep ranks.  You might be wondering why they would draft this many players from one position.  Typically, center fielders out of high school project to be athletes.  Teams put their best athletes at either shortstop, center field, or if they can handle it, catcher.  The guys they took are also out of the prep ranks, so don’t expect...

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