Pirates Close to Deal With 15th Rounder Kody Watts?

Pirates Prospects has learned that 15th round pick Kody Watts is in Pittsburgh talking with the Pirates.  The team increased their approach towards Watts last week by making an offer, and according to our sources, it sounds like he’s close to a deal. Watts is a right handed pitcher and was the 139th best prospect in the draft.  He throws 89-93 MPH, touching 95, and also throws a curve, a splitter, and a slider.  He has a...

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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 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Recap

Links to Previous Draft Coverage: Day One: Pirates Draft Gerrit Cole Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round Day Three: Pirates Go Heavy on Bats 2011 Draft Pick Player Pages 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker Thanks to MLB’s misbegotten efforts to control draft bonuses, August 15 has become nearly as important an event as the draft itself. That’s the deadline for signing draft picks, with the exception of...

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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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