Pirates Sign Zac Fuesser

According to Rob Biertemptel via Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed their 34th round draft pick, Zac Fuesser, to a $125,000 deal. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the signing. Fuesser pitched 49.2 innings in JuCo this past year, with a 4.35 ERA, and a 60:23 K/BB ratio. Fuesser, a left handed pitcher, was a 19th round pick last year by the Atlanta Braves, but didn’t sign. Here is a scouting report on...

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Pirates Notebook: Draft Signings Will Take Patience

As many of you are aware, I’ve been keeping track of the draft every step of the way this year, including my Draft Pick Signing Tracker. You are also probably aware that the Pirates have been kind of quiet on the signing front. Recently I added a spreadsheet to the tracker which not only lists the bonus information for every team in the top ten rounds, but also lists the signing status of each team in the draft. The Pirates...

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Pirates Notebook: The Issue of Trust

In light of the contract offers to Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez, which have since been rejected, I decided to do a rundown of the current estimated 2010 payroll, taking in to consideration option years, current projected service time (Super Two), and the performance of top prospects this season (Brad Lincoln). Here is what the 2010 payroll would look like with Jack Wilson at $4 M, and Freddy Sanchez at $5 M: Based on the current...

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Pirates Notebook: The Success of the 2009 Spikes

I know, it’s hard to call a 12-10 record a “success”, but considering State College went 18-56 last year, a 12-10 record is looking fantastic. Yesterday I went in to detail about the failure of the 2008 Spikes, and the successful impact of the innovative development process for the pitching staff. If you missed it, I’d check it out before reading this. After reading yesterday’s post, you know that the...

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Pirates Notebook: Could Garrett Jones be part of the future?

One thing that always frustrates me as a Pittsburgh Pirates fan is the fact that we never seem to stumble on to the “where did that come from” major league players. I’m talking about guys like Jorge Cantu with Florida last year, or Kyle Lohse with St. Louis. Even when we try, like adding Eric Hinske, who hit 20 homers for Tampa Bay last year, it doesn’t work out. Maybe Garrett Jones could be that guy for us....

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