Weekend Draft Prospects Preview: 5/13-5/15

There seems to be a feeling that the Pittsburgh Pirates can’t catch a break in the Major League Baseball draft over the last few years.  In 2009 the Pirates had the fourth overall pick.  Unfortunately, only two players stood out from the rest: Stephen Strasburg and Dustin Ackley, who went first and second overall respectively.  In 2010 the Pirates had the second overall pick, but only one player stood out from the rest: Bryce...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 5/11

Here is a recap of how each of the top 2011 draft prospects did this past week.  Click on their names to go to their tracker pages. ANTHONY RENDON Rendon struggled this weekend, combining to go 1-for-13 with two walks.  He continued those struggles last night, going 0-for-3 with a walk.  He only has played five games in the month of May, but in those five games he’s hitting for a .158/.333/.211 line.  This follows a month where...

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Should the Pirates Look Beyond Rendon and Cole?

There have been a lot of concerns brought up about Anthony Rendon this year.  The Rice third baseman – or should I say designated hitter, since he hasn’t played much third base this year – is hitting for a .350/.552/.552 line, with the main downside being a lack of power (4 homers in 143 at-bats). There have been a lot of issues surrounding Rendon.  He suffered major ankle injuries in back to back seasons heading in...

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Weekend Draft Prospects Preview: 4/29-5/1

Anthony Rendon and the Rice Owls are off this weekend, so it’s only Gerrit Cole in action.  Here are the weekend links: -Perfect Game has a scouting report on Cole. -Beyond the Box Score recaps the debate between Rendon and Cole for the number one overall pick. -Interesting comment via Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game, regarding Cole: Interesting comment from a coach. Quote “Our guys are much more scared of facing Trevor...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 4/26

Here is a recap of how each of the top 2011 draft prospects did this past week.  Click on their names to go to their tracker pages. ANTHONY RENDON Rendon had a big week this past week, going 5-for-14 with three doubles and a home run.  The home run came in the first game of a double header on Saturday, and was his first since March 6th against Baylor.  As usual, Rendon drew five walks in his four games. Rendon won’t be playing...

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