Baseball America 2010 Draft Report Card

Baseball America released their draft report card (subscription required) today, detailing the early results of how the 2010 draft worked out for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In summary: -A lot of focus was placed on Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, for obvious reasons.  They were both mentioned in the best fastball department, with Taillon ranking first and Allie ranking second.  Taillon’s fastball was 93-97 MPH last season,...

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Stephen Strasburg and the Risk of Injury to Pitchers

The big news around baseball today is that Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg will require Tommy John surgery, putting him on the sidelines for at least the next year.  The Nationals took Strasburg with the first overall pick in the 2009 draft, and signed him to a MLB record $15.1 M contract, which included a record setting $7.5 M signing bonus.  Strasburg was considered the consensus top prospect in the 2009 draft,...

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Early 2011 Draft Preview

The 2010 draft signing period just passed a week ago, and we’ve yet to see top picks Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie throw a single pitch, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look ahead to the 2011 version of the draft.  By early accounts, the 2011 draft is one of the most talented drafts in the last few years, especially at the top.  You’ve probably seen plenty of people tracking the reverse standings,...

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Jameson Taillon/MLB Draft Signing FAQs

I was talking to my dad yesterday about the Pirates draft, and something occurred to me: I probably have way too much of the MLB Rule Book committed to memory, specifically the rules involving player contracts.  I kind of just assume everyone knows these rules, so they go unsaid most of the time on here.  After my conversation with my dad, I thought up some more topics, and decided to cover a lot of the comments and questions that are...

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Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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