Prospect Watch 7/2/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis lost both games of a double header. Donald Veal pitched 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts in game one. Veal began his rehab assignment on June 8th. By rule, pitchers can only spend 30 days on minor league rehab (20 days for hitters), which means Veal can only be on rehab in AAA until July 7th. My guess is he would be swapped out for Steven Jackson on...

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Pirates Notebook: Draft Pick Updates

A few updates to the Draft Pick Signing Tracker: -18th round pick Ryan Beckman has been signed. Here is my brief summary of him from day two of the draft: “Beckman is a relief pitcher, standing at 6’4″, 185 pounds. He had a 6.07 ERA and a 28:16 K/BB ratio in 29.2 innings this year.” -Victor Black’s bonus is reportedly $717,000.-Brock Holt’s bonus is reportedly $125,000. The MVP Tracker The MVP...

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Pirates Notebook: The classic debate

I mentioned some thoughts on the Nyjer Morgan for Lastings Milledge trade rumors Friday night. Since that point I’ve been thinking about the non-baseball aspect of the deal. There are two opinions on the trade rumors from what I can tell. One side wants Milledge because he’s a talented player that could be an upside over Morgan if he puts it all together. The other side doesn’t want Milledge because he is considered...

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Pirates Notebook: Nate McLouth Part 2?

Two years ago I wasn’t sold at all on Nate McLouth. From what I could tell there were two camps: one which felt McLouth could be a solid everyday player that should be in the lineup, and another that felt McLouth had some power, but couldn’t hit for average to warrant everyday playing time. I wasn’t sold on his average, which was .249 in his first three seasons, although I did want him playing over guys like Jeromy...

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Pirates Notebook: Big Weekend for the Pirates

According to Chuck Finder of the PPG, two Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks will be in town this weekend for what amounts to a “recruiting visit”. Those players are sixth round pick Zach Von Rosenberg, and eighth round pick Billy Cain. Both pitchers are high school players with college commitments. ZVR is committed to LSU, who recently won a National Championship. Cain is committed to Texas, the team that LSU beat to win the...

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