Where Do the New Picks Rank in the System?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to sign a draft pick, and no individual signing is guaranteed.  That’s not stopping us from projecting where the 2011 draft picks would rank with the current top ten prospects.  Each Pirates Prospects writer got together a mid-season list, and figured out where the new picks would fit in.  Obviously this is on a “if they all sign, this is where we’d rank them” hypothetical...

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Five Pirates Prospects in Baseball America Rankings

In preparation for the 2011 minor league season, Baseball America released their position by position rankings in the minors.  Several Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the lists. -Tony Sanchez was the fourth best catcher, falling behind Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez, and Travis d’Arnaud. -Starling Marte was the eighth best center fielder. -Jameson Taillon was the third best right handed pitcher.  He only fell behind Jeremy...

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Jim Callis on Taillon, Heredia, Rendon, Cole

Jim Callis held a chat on Baseball America yesterday, talking about the 2011 draft, as well as other topics.  He covered several topics relating to the Pirates.  A summary follows, but check out the link above to read the entire chat transcript: -He expects Taillon to get 90-110 innings this year, and expects him to stay in West Virginia all season, unless he dominates the level early on.  I’d agree with these.  I’ve heard...

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Luis Heredia Video From Today at Pirate City

Today was a camp day at Pirate City.  The Pirates did a workout in the morning, then played two inter-squad games.  Top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia pitched in one of the games.  I noticed he was pitching during his first batter, and was able to quickly react and get video of his next two batters.  Heredia struck out the first two hitters he saw, and had a two strike count on the third hitter, but the inning was called when...

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Jonathan Herrand Touching 96-97 MPH

Yesterday, Baseball America released their figures from the 2010 international signing class, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates spent an estimated $5 M on international bonuses in 2010, which was the fourth most in the majors.  Ben Badler of Baseball America also released a review of the signings in the NL Central (subscribers only).  One interesting part came in the discussion of right handed pitcher Jonathan Herrand. Herrand was...

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