What would a worldwide draft have looked like in 2009?

I noticed a bit of talk yesterday about a possible worldwide draft in baseball’s future.  First, there was a mention in Dejan Kovacevic’s Q&A on the PBC Blog.  Then, Ben Badler of Baseball America tweeted that a draft expansion would include more than just the Dominican, and that it would be a true worldwide draft. There would need to be some kinks to work out.  For example, at the time of the draft,...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Preview

Check Back Later Today for the B.U.C.C.O. Fans.com 2009 MLB Draft Live Blog Nothing is more important to a baseball team’s success than the MLB Draft. Imagine how the 2008 Phillies would have been if they hadn’t drafted Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and Jimmy Rollins. Think about where the Brewers would be if they didn’t select Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, JJ Hardy, Yovani Gallardo, and Corey Hart. Even the...

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Pirates Notebook: Perfect timing for the McLouth trade

I’m finding myself liking the McLouth trade more and more since the deal has been made. My biggest complaint on the deal was that the package we received in return wasn’t enough. Nate’s value should have been high, as he has a gold glove, and hit .276 with 26 homers from the center field position last year, which looks great. Only Carlos Beltran and Josh Hamilton hit for a higher average and more homers from the...

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Pirates Notebook: Pittsburgh Moneyball

I’ve been studying trends on the make up of the Pirates this season, and so far there have been a few trends to emerge. After the Nate McLouth trade, I noticed the players we received fit the trends I had identified. Maybe it’s just a wild theory, but I have a feeling the Pirates are creating their own “Moneyball” system. People remember the book “Moneyball” mostly for the MLB draft portion of it....

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Pirates Notebook: Extending Zach Duke

Zach Duke has been outstanding this year. Coming in to the season I didn’t think too highly of Duke. Since putting up a 1.81 ERA in 14 starts at the end of the 2005 season, Duke combined for a 4.82 ERA in 507.2 innings between 2006 and 2008. He showed flashes of his 2005 form, but never in a consistent manner. That’s not the case this year. Duke has now made 11 starts for the Pirates in 2009. Eight of those starts have...

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