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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Deck McGuire Tracker

DECK MCGUIRE SP, Georgia Tech Age: 20Born: June 23, 1989Height: 6′ 6″Weight: 235Bats: RightThrows: Right Class: Junior Level: NCAA Division I Advisor: SFX Links:All Deck McGuire Posts SCOUTING REPORT McGuire is a good alternative to top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo if the Pirates decide to go the pitching route with their first pick, especially if Bryce Harper goes off the board with the first...

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Bryce Brentz Tracker

BRYCE BRENTZ OF/P, Middle Tennessee State Age: 21Born: December 30, 1988Height: 6′ 0″Weight: 185Bats: RightThrows: Right Class: Junior Level: NCAA Division I Advisor: N/A Links:All Bryce Brentz Posts SCOUTING REPORT Bryce Brentz has been getting a lot of recognition as a first round talent, especially after hitting an NCAA division I leading .465 average in 2009, along with 28 homers, which tied...

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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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Pirates Videos, 2010 Draft Prospects, Willy Garcia, Player Pages

A few notes before I call it a night: -Jennifer Langosch has some YouTube videos up of the Pirates’ Spring Training workouts, along with some information, including a tour of the DR facility.  Good stuff there, so check it out. -Bryce Harper went 1 for 3 tonight.  Southern Nevada has three more games of tournament play this weekend before taking a short break.  They return March 5th for the conference games, which...

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