Prospect Notebook: Alex Dickerson’s Back Problems Could Have a Solution

If you’ve been following my daily lineup notes, you probably noticed that Alex Dickerson had been out of the lineup for about a week. The first baseman wasn’t a red shirt, and finally returned to game action today. “Now I’m feeling real good,” Dickerson said of the stiffness. “It was rough for a couple of days. Just kind of locked up, and then after we worked on it, released the joint and I felt a...

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Interview With 33rd Round Pick Chris Lashmet

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Chris Lashmet in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft.  Lashmet, taken as a third baseman, was a senior out of Northwestern University.  He had a strong bat, with a .353/.409/.495 line in 190 at-bats in 2011.  Lashmet reported to State College, where he has played mostly first base.  I met up with Chris while I was in State College, and asked him about being drafted, and his first impression of the pros. 1....

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Pirates Sign Chris Lashmet, Joe Parsons

The Pittsburgh Pirates today officially announced the signings of 21st round pick Alex Fuselier, 22nd round pick Mike Jefferson, and 33rd round pick Chris Lashmet.  They also announced the signing of right handed pitcher Joe Parsons, an undrafted free agent from Virginia Tech. We already knew about Fuselier and Jefferson, so the new announcements are Lashmet and Parsons.  Lashmet isn’t a surprise, as he was a college senior.  He...

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2011 Draft Day Three: Pirates Go Heavy on Bats

On day two of the MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates went heavy on prep players, taking high schoolers with 15 of their first 19 selections on the day.  15 of their 29 picks on the day were pitchers, 16 if you count Aaron Brown, who is a two way player that was selected as a right fielder. On day three, the Pirates did two things.  They went heavy on college players, and they went heavy on bats.  The Pirates took just two prep players...

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Rounds 31-35: Two Interesting Position Players

The players drafted in these rounds are either going to be organizational depth in the lower levels, or talented guys that are tough to sign.  That’s the case here, as the first three look like organizational guys.  That said, the final two picks of the round seem to be interesting prospects, with some good tools.  They also should be difficult to sign at this stage. Derek Trent, C, 31st Round Baseball America rated Trent as...

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