Instructs Day One: Allie, Holmes, Burnette, Gift

I arrived in Florida around 3:30 AM this morning, after about 15 hours of driving.  After a bit of sleep, I went over to Pirate City, where the Pirates were having a camp day, and an intersquad game.  There wasn’t much to report on.  Each pitcher threw an inning, and it was hard getting a read on the position players, since they didn’t have numbers, and kept switching spots during the game.  I can recognize most of them...

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Who Wants To Be A $1.2 Millionaire?

Cole and Bell are set for life even if they never make the major leagues, but what about someone like Clay Holmes, the Pirates’ 9th round pick that signed for $1.2M?

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2011 Draft Recap: Don’t Draft Me

Dear (Insert MLB Team Here), With the 2012 draft less than ten months away, I am contacting you in advance to announce my intentions to attend college.  I do not intend to sign if I am drafted by the (Team Nickname).  I am going to honor my commitment to attend school.  I do not wish to be drafted, and it is my request that you honor those wishes and pass on me in the 2012 draft. Granted, I have already been to college, and through...

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Pirates Sign Clay Holmes

According to Jim Callis, the Pirates have signed 9th round pick Clay Holmes.  Callis mentions that the asking price for Holmes was $1.2 M, and he’s believed to have gotten it.  That would be a record for a 9th round pick, and is equal to what Zack Von Rosenberg got in the 6th round in 2009, if the bonus is correct. We knew that Holmes was close to signing.  I mentioned late last week that the two sides were meeting to discuss...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Signing Deadline Preview

All is quiet with one day remaining to sign players from the 2011 draft.  Some may view that as a bad sign.  I happen to think it’s a good sign. Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates signed three players the day of the deadline.  They signed shortstop Drew Maggi, who had been close for days on a deal.  They also signed their top two draft picks: Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie.  However, the significant signings came earlier in the...

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