Pirates Notebook: The value of signing early

If you’ve been checking out the daily prospect watch articles, you would notice that two Pirates 2008 draft picks have really been tearing it up lately. First round pick Pedro Alvarez has gotten off to a hot start at AA, hitting for a .333 average, a .981 OPS, and an 18.30 AB/HR ratio in 183 at-bats. Since the start of July, Alvarez is hitting .367, with a 1.046 OPS, and a 19.75 AB/HR ratio in 158 at-bats. Alvarez was hitting...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/22/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Aside from the usual daily rundown of all of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league teams, I decided to add something extra to the prospect watch, starting tonight. Each night I’ll start out with a short feature on a prospect in the Pirates’ system. Usually this will be a guy who has been hot lately, and who I feel that Pirates fans should keep an eye on. Tonight I’m looking at Tom...

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Justin Wilson Video Recap

Justin Wilson was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, signing later in the summer after leading Fresno State to a College World Series championship. Wilson helped clinch the title, pitching eight innings and allowing one run with nine strikeouts in the Championship game. Wilson used his success last year to demand a higher signing bonus, although he ended up settling for $195 K, which was $2000...

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Pirates Notebook: The draft dust has settled

Earlier today I posted some numbers on the draft, a day after the draft pick signing deadline. Now for some quick hit analysis on the draft, including some information that has come out today. Total Spending Jennifer Langosch reports that the Pirates spent $8.919 M in the draft. In my Draft Pick Signing Tracker I had the Pirates spending $8,606,900 on the announced bonuses. The only bonuses announced after the tenth round were 12th...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/16/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Columbus. -Jose Tabata went 0 for 4 with a stolen base.-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Other Game Notes: Phil Dumatrait pitched two innings in relief, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits, with a home run allowed. Jeff Clement went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. AA The Result: Altoona lost 9-7 to New Hampshire....

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