2008 Draft Picks: The First Full Year

The 2008 draft marked the first draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates under Neal Huntington. Right from the start it represented a major change, with the Pirates selecting Pedro Alvarez with the number two pick in the draft. The selection would normally be considered a no-brainer, but for a team that selected Bryan Bullington over B.J. Upton, and Daniel Moskos over Matt Wieters, pretty much every Pirates fan was skeptical about whether the...

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2009 Lynchburg Hillcats Season Recap

If there is any minor league team I’ve given a ton of coverage to this season, it’s been Lynchburg. There are two reasons for this. First, I live near Lynchburg. Second, the Hillcats have been one of the most important teams in our system this year. The Cats started the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospect, Pedro Alvarez, along with some other top draft picks from the 2008 draft, like Jordy Mercer, Justin...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Interviews

The complete archive of Pirates Prospects interviews by Pittsburgh Pirates prospects: Pirates Personnel Neal Huntington/Frank Coonelly Frank Coonelly Jim Benedict Part One Part Two Neal Huntington Part One Part Two Jeff Johnson Current Pirates Players Matt Benedict Victor Black Evan Chambers Tyler Cox Matt Curry Chase d’Arnaud Kawika Emsley-Pai Matt Hague Brock Holt Phillip Irwin Mike Jefferson Nick Kingham Chris Lashmet Brian...

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Interview with Jordy Mercer

Jordy Mercer was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2008 draft. After signing quickly, he went on to hit for a .250/.300/.349 line in 192 at-bats with Hickory. He spent the entire 2009 season in Lynchburg, hitting for a .255/.314/.400 line, with 10 homers in 513 at-bats. I had a chance to interview Jordy, and we discussed the draft, his defensive skills, and his plans going forward. Here is what he had to say:...

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Lynchburg Hillcats Championship Game Video Recap

Check out my recap of the game here. This recap includes: -Jeff Locke, innings 1-2-Mike Colla innings 2-5-Matt McSwain inning 6-Ramon Aguero innings 7-9-Ronald Uviedo inning 9-All five at-bats by Jordy Mercer-Tony Sanchez, Josh Harrison, Chase d’Arnaud, and Mercer in the second-The post game awards Watch for: -Nice play by Jose de los Santos (Mike Colla 4th batter)-Nice play by Alex Presley (Matt McSwain 5th batter)-Tony Sanchez...

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