Mark Appel Has Bad Start in Super Regional Game

Mark Appel was pitching for Stanford tonight in the Super Regional against Florida State. The Pirates’ number one draft pick was cruising through three innings, giving up a walk and a hit and striking out one, needing 47 pitches to get to that point. However, the right-hander fell apart in the fourth inning. Appel started off the inning with back-to-back singles. He followed that up by going 1-2 on the next batter, before...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

Now that the 2012 Draft is over, it’s time to update the Pittsburgh Pirates top 20 prospect rankings. This update not only takes in to consideration where the new draft picks fall in to the system, but where the current players rank after two months in the 2012 season. I put a focus on the tiered rankings, as they give a better indication of the talent levels of each player, and where the drop offs in the top 20 are. At the...

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Rounds 11-15: A Contingency Plan For Appel?

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement punishes teams with harsh penalties if they go over their total bonus pool. The bonus pool is made up of picks in rounds 1-10. However, that doesn’t mean teams are free to spend after the tenth round. Picks in rounds 11-40 are capped off at $100,000. Any amount over $100,000 counts against the bonus pool. The Pirates made an interesting move in rounds 11-15 when they took prep pitcher...

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Pirates Draft Mark Appel in the First Round

With the eighth pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. The right-hander was one of the top prospects in the draft, but fell unexpectedly to the Pirates. There were rumors that his adviser, Scott Boras, was pushing him down in the draft with high demands, which could make his negotiations interesting. The 6′ 5″ right hander entered the year as the top prospect in the...

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2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 2/27

The big news this past weekend was that top power hitting outfielder Victor Roache broke his wrist, and is likely out for the season. That will be a big blow to his draft status, since the majority of his value is based on his offense. There is no telling what kind of long term impact a wrist injury could have to Roache’s hitting. Fortunately there are still several strong prospects at the top. The players mentioned below are...

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