Prospect and Draft Pick Updates

A few updates this afternoon… -I have added Quinton Miller, Rudy Owens, and Chase D’Arnaud to the Prospects Tracker. -The Pirates have promoted D’Arnaud from West Virginia to Lynchburg. I assume he will be making his debut on Thursday. I will be in attendance for that game, providing Twitter updates. I’m not sure where D’Arnaud will play. I can only assume that with the recent promotion of Pedro Alvarez,...

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Draft Pick Updates

A few updates today on the status of two draft picks: -According to Rocco DeMaro’s Twitter page (@RoccoDeMaro), the signing bonus for Brooks Pounders, originally reported at around $900 K, is actually around $670 K. It may not seem like a huge difference, but that amount was similar to what we paid Wes Freeman AND Jarek Cunningham last year. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated. -According to this article, 9th round pick...

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Pirates Notebook: Cardinals and Astros go nuts signing picks

Often there’s a certain group of Pittsburgh Pirates fans who remind me of Randy Quaid’s character in Major League II (I think I’ve seen Pat at WHYGAVS refer to them as the Tin Foil crowd). I realize that there’s a lot to complain about in 16, going on 17 losing seasons, but it gets to the point where the complaining becomes ridiculous. I’m not talking about this type of complaining… No, the...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates lose value by trading Grabow

With John Grabow set to be a free agent at the end of the season, we’re going to see a lot of talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates trading their lefty set-up man to re-stock the farm system. If they really want to re-stock the farm system, they should hold on to him…at least until the end of the 2009 season. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Grabow is a probable Type A free agent after this season. If you are unfamiliar with Type A...

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Pirates Notebook: Maholm is better with Diaz

I’ve posted this many times in the past, but I feel it needs to be posted after every Paul Maholm start. Paul Maholm and Jason Jaramillo just don’t mix. Before I go on, the updated CERA chart, comparing the pitching rotation under Ryan Doumit, Robinzon Diaz, and Jason Jaramillo: As you can see, Maholm has been great with Doumit and Diaz, and horrible with Jaramillo. Tonight was just another example. The issue was brought...

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