2009 Draft Prospect Finalist: Dustin Ackley

In the last few weeks I have been weeding through the draft prospects for the 2009 draft, cutting a list of 15 players down to three possibilities for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ number four pick (the list doesn’t include Stephen Strasburg, who is number one for obvious reasons). The first finalist I will detail is Dustin Ackley. Click here to see Dustin Ackley’s Player Profile and 2009 Stats Who He Is: Ackley is widely...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown: Final Eliminations

Two weeks ago I started off with 15 players as options for the number four overall pick, and eliminated six of those players. Last week I eliminated three more players, leaving us with six players this week. With the draft a week from Tuesday, I will be eliminating the final six players down to three this week, giving us the top three players for the Pirates’ first pick in the 2009 draft. Of course Stephen Strasburg is the true...

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Pirates Notebook: A frustrating victory

Yesterday’s loss was a tough one. The Pirates were going up against one of the worst ranked starters in the National League: Brian Moehler, owner of an 8.31 ERA before the game. The Pirates managed just one run on seven hits against Moehler, who pitched a complete game. Fast forward to tonight. The Pirates were going up against the NL ERA leader and throwing their fifth starter on the mound. You would be lying if you thought the...

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Pirates Notebook: Funding the 2009 Draft

There has been a lot of talk about the Pirates 2009 draft, the international signing period, and of course the money it will take to fund these two events. I discussed the rumor that the Pirates would draft based on “signability” so that they can make an offer to Miguel Angel Sano, the top Dominican prospect. That rumor was later put to rest by Neal Huntington. So where do we stand on the draft/international signing issue?...

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Pirates Notebook: Too early to give up on Snell

After his recent outing against the Cubs, which yielded six runs in five innings, and raised his ERA to 5.43 on the season, Pirates fans are calling for Ian Snell’s head. Snell, who makes $3.2 M this season, ranking him as the second highest paid starter in the rotation, now has the worst ERA amongst Pirates’ starters, and by far the worst WHIP at 1.585. Considering that he’s following up a season where he had a 5.42...

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