Machado and Taillon: The Last Men Standing

For several weeks, every mock draft had the Pirates taking Manny Machado or Jameson Taillon, but there existed the possibility that the Pirates would go a different direction, taking someone like Drew Pomeranz with their first round pick, in order to save money for the later rounds.  Lately, it seems that the field has been narrowed down to two: Machado and Taillon. Jim Callis of Baseball America recently said it was a two horse...

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What is the 2010 draft budget?

An important topic with the upcoming draft will be the budget the Pirates have to sign players.  In the past two years, the Pirates have shelled out $18.7 M in bonuses, which ranks number one in the majors.  They’ve taken two different approaches, first shelling out big money for Pedro Alvarez, then drafting for signability with Tony Sanchez, and in each case they ended up spending around $9 M or more a year. In 2008...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 5/31

The 2010 MLB Draft is just one week away, and the first round is starting to shape up.  There is nothing concrete with the Pirates, although the consensus is that they will take prep shortstop Manny Machado, a Scott Boras client.  Here is a rundown of each player I’ve been tracking, including a close look at some of the top talents for the second overall pick: BRYCE HARPER Harper played in the first two games of the...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 5/24

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker. BRYCE HARPER Harper’s stats haven’t been updated on the tracker, as CSN’s site hasn’t been updated.  However, Harper had a huge weekend, going 6-for-7 and hitting for the cycle on Friday, followed by a 6-for-6 day with four homers, a double, a triple, and ten RBIs on Saturday.  Think...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 5/17

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker. BRYCE HARPER Harper went 5-for-13 this weekend, with one walk and five strikeouts as Southern Nevada won the Region XVIII Championship tournament.  Harper had two extra base hits, and didn’t record an RBI, but had a stolen base.  Southern Nevada will advance to the Western District Championship...

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