Top Pirates Minor League Hitting Performances: Week Ending 8/19

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Only players with a 3.0 RC or better are included on the list below. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times,...

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Pirates Draft Signing Recap: Is the System to Blame For Appel Not Signing?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are facing a problem that they haven’t faced in the last several years: they were unable to reach a deal with a draft pick that was considered a difficult sign. In years past, all the Pirates had to do was throw money at the draft pick to get a deal done. This year, Major League Baseball reworked the draft to limit spending. The end result was that the Pirates were unable to sign first round pick Mark...

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Pirates Sign 16th Round Pick Max Moroff for $300,000

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 16th round pick Max Moroff, Pirates Prospects has learned. Last night I reported that the Pirates were close to Moroff’s amount, but that reports were he was leaning toward going to UCF. No word yet on the bonus amount, although I would imagine it is a deal over the $100,000 limit for picks after the 10th round. UPDATE: Moroff receives $300,000, which is $200,000 over...

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Pirates Have a Lot of Over-Slot Options and Not a Lot to Spend

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t shy away from the potential of spending money in the 2012 draft. With the new bonus pools in place to restrict spending, and harsh penalties if teams go over their total allotment, it was a big question mark how the Pirates would approach the draft this year. In previous years they weren’t shy about going after players who would be tough to sign. But they also had the advantage of the old...

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Draft Day Three Recap: Prep Players, Pittsburgh Kids, and Tommy John

The 2012 Major League Baseball Draft concluded today with rounds 16-40. Day one is the best chance to see a potential star being drafted, with a lot of top talent going in the first and compensation rounds. You see some interesting players taken on day two, and some of those guys could go on to be impact players, or just starters in the majors. Things are different on day three, especially now that spending has been restricted. Day...

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