2009 Draft Picks: The First Look

The 2009 draft started off very controversial. The Pirates, with the fourth pick in the first round, selected catcher Tony Sanchez, ranked by many as a late first round talent. They selected Victor Black at the end of the compensation round, right about where Black was expected to go. Then they took Brooks Pounders and Evan Chambers in the second and third rounds, both selections considered reaches. Day two caused things to all make...

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2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/6/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: No player focus tonight, but a focus on the end of the season. State College wrapped up their season today with a big win, finishing the short season with a 38-38 record, a massive improvement over the 2008 team. Indianapolis, Altoona, and West Virginia all end their seasons tomorrow. Lynchburg ends the regular season tomorrow, but begins the post-season on Wednesday. I’ll be providing playoff...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/1/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 3-0 against Toledo. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs. -Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3. Other Game Notes: Yoslan Herrera made his first start at AAA since being promoted from Altoona. Herrera pitched 5.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out three. Jeff Sues pitched 2.2 shutout innings, with no hits, one...

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2009 Draft by the Numbers

The 2009 draft pick signing deadline passed last night at midnight, with the Pirates standing pat with 23 players picked. Check out the Draft Pick Signing Tracker to see who the Pirates signed, as well as announced bonuses. I’ve also updated my spreadsheet with announced bonus information from every team, as well as the round by round signing status for every team. A few important notes on this: 1. The bonus amounts aren’t...

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