GCL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The Gulf Coast League is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. The parks are huge, and the weather can be brutal, playing at noon every day in Florida during some of the most humid months of the year. That’s one thing to keep in mind when looking at these stats. The good performances become even more impressive when you consider the pitcher friendly factors, and the poor performances come with that disclaimer...

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Herrera Puts GCL Pirates One Game Away From Championship

The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Red Sox today 5-2 in game one of the best of three GCL Finals. Dilson Herrera led the offense by going 3-for-5 on the day with a double, triple, and a homer, falling a single shy of the cycle. Third baseman Eric Wood also had three hits, going 3-for-3 with a walk. Elvis Escobar went 2-for-4 with a triple. The pitching staff carried a 5-0 lead in to the ninth inning, and closed it out with a 5-2 victory....

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Pirates Have a Lot of Over-Slot Options and Not a Lot to Spend

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t shy away from the potential of spending money in the 2012 draft. With the new bonus pools in place to restrict spending, and harsh penalties if teams go over their total allotment, it was a big question mark how the Pirates would approach the draft this year. In previous years they weren’t shy about going after players who would be tough to sign. But they also had the advantage of the old...

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Pirates Reportedly Agree to Deals With Three Players

We’ve heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates have started talking with their draft picks. Third round pick Jon Sandfort was on 93.7 The FAN the other day, and told John Seibel, Joe Starkey, and Josh Miller that he planned to go down to Bradenton and sign on Monday. Two other agreements have come out in their own local media. Sixth round pick Eric Wood and ninth round pick D.J. Crumlich have both appeared to have agreed to deals with...

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Pirates Draft Eric Wood in the Sixth Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted third baseman Eric Wood in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Wood, a right-handed hitter, attended Blinn College and comes from the JuCo ranks. He didn’t rate on Baseball America’s top 500, making him the first guy who could really qualify as a signability pick. Wood hit for a .318/.425/.486 line in 173 at-bats this year for Blinn, with four homers. He showed some power, winning his...

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