Updates on the Pirates’ Unsigned Draft Picks

The 2011 MLB Draft Pick Signing deadline is Monday night at midnight, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates and every other team about three and a half days to get their remaining picks signed.  We probably won’t hear anything definite on first round pick Gerrit Cole and second round pick Josh Bell until close to the midnight deadline.  I think it’s almost a guarantee that Cole signs.  The question is, how much will he sign for?...

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2011 Draft Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round

If Major League Baseball decides to install a hard slotting system in the draft after this year, it will be a massive blow to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have spent the most on draft bonuses in the last three years, and look to spend big again this year.  For the second year in a row, the Pirates saw a projected top 10 pick fall to them in the second round, entirely due to signability issues.  For the second year in a row, the Pirates...

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Rounds 11-15: Pirates Load Up on Center Fielders

Three of the five picks for the Pittsburgh Pirates in rounds 11-15 were center fielders out of the prep ranks.  You might be wondering why they would draft this many players from one position.  Typically, center fielders out of high school project to be athletes.  Teams put their best athletes at either shortstop, center field, or if they can handle it, catcher.  The guys they took are also out of the prep ranks, so don’t expect...

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