Pirates sign draft pick Chambers

The Pirates also signed third round pick Evan Chambers, according to this article. Chambers will join State College tonight. Here is my summary of Chambers from day one of the draft: Chambers is an interesting selection. He was ranked #181 by Baseball America, which makes this another “reach”. However, Chambers draws comparisons to Kirby Puckett and Kevin Mitchell, due to his size at 5’9″, 215 pounds. Chambers...

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Pirates sign draft pick Gourley

According to this article, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 13th round draft pick John “Walker” Gourley. Gourley is a prep shortstop prospect who had a commitment to East Carolina. Here is my summary of Gourley from day two of the draft: Gourley is 6’0″, 180 pounds and has a commitment to East Carolina. He hit .289 as a rookie in high school. As a sophomore he led his team in runs (27) and steals (15), with a...

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Pirates Notebook: Draft Pick Updates

A few updates to the Draft Pick Signing Tracker: -18th round pick Ryan Beckman has been signed. Here is my brief summary of him from day two of the draft: “Beckman is a relief pitcher, standing at 6’4″, 185 pounds. He had a 6.07 ERA and a 28:16 K/BB ratio in 29.2 innings this year.” -Victor Black’s bonus is reportedly $717,000.-Brock Holt’s bonus is reportedly $125,000. The MVP Tracker The MVP...

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Pirates Notebook: The classic debate

I mentioned some thoughts on the Nyjer Morgan for Lastings Milledge trade rumors Friday night. Since that point I’ve been thinking about the non-baseball aspect of the deal. There are two opinions on the trade rumors from what I can tell. One side wants Milledge because he’s a talented player that could be an upside over Morgan if he puts it all together. The other side doesn’t want Milledge because he is considered...

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Pirates Notebook: Home field advantage

A lot of Pirates fans have to be worried after the recent sweep by the Colorado Rockies. The Pirates should have won two of those games, and could have easily won all three. Instead the Pirates extended their losing streak to four games, and sit at 31-38 on the season. I don’t see this as anything out of the ordinary. This season the Pirates are 17-12 at home, but a disappointing 14-26 on the road. It’s not uncommon for a...

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