Bryce, Bryce, Baby

Sorry about that title.  I couldn’t resist. It’s still early in the college season, so early that the major league season hasn’t even started.  However, the top of the draft may be starting to shape up, with 17 year old phenom Bryce Harper looking like the real deal at the College of Southern Nevada.  Harper capped off a double header today with a 7-for-8 line, and two homers, one in each game....

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 3/1

This past weekend saw Bryce Harper out of action due to no games on the schedule, Anthony Ranaudo out of action due to an injury, and alternate options for the Pirates’ number two selection in the draft in action, with Drew Pomeranz being the player of the week from the remaining players I’m tracking.  Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker....

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The Risk of Taking a Pitcher in the First Round

Earlier this week, Kipper at The Pirates Tavern forum sent me a post he did looking back at recent draft history, focusing on players taken in the top five picks from 1999-2005.  What he found was that hitters have been the safer picks, and that the failure rate amongst pitchers in the top five picks has been very apparent.  I appreciate the work and the effort Kipper put in, and he reaches a conclusion that is similar to a theory...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 2/22

Division I baseball kicked off the regular season this weekend, which means we saw the debut of several top draft prospects.  Bryce Harper has already been playing at the JuCo level this season, and he also played a few games over the weekend, wrapping up the first portion of the schedule at the College of Southern Nevada.  Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Prospects Preview

If there’s one thing we learned in 2009, it’s this: predicting the approach this management team will take in the draft is impossible.  In 2008 the Pirates selected Pedro Alvarez, who was the top rated prospect in the draft.  In the second round they took Tanner Scheppers, who fell from a top 10 ranking to the second round due to injury concerns, and ended up not signing because of those same concerns.  The Pirates also...

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