MLB Discussing the Possibility of Moving the Draft to July 1st in the Future
Jan21

MLB Discussing the Possibility of Moving the Draft to July 1st in the Future

Peter Gammons had some interesting information on the future of the MLB draft today, saying that MLB officials and NCAA coaches met on Monday and came to a general agreement to move the draft date to July 1st. NCAA Coaches and MLB officials met Monday, general agreement on a July 1 draft and July 15 signing deadline — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) January 21, 2015 The move would be aimed at putting the draft after the College World...

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Cole Tucker Calls Signing with Pirates “Surreal”
Jun12

Cole Tucker Calls Signing with Pirates “Surreal”

“I feel like if I want to be a major leaguer, I have to improve in every aspect of my game,” Tucker said. “There’s nothing I do right now that’s good enough to be out there on that field right now.”

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Reese McGuire Decides To Go Pro

Reese McGuire is fully committed to the Pirates. That was a decision he’d formed before the MLB Draft began on June 6th. He knew, that if his name was called before the 15th pick, he wasn’t going to attend the University of San Diego, where he’d made a prior commitment. The Pirates were widely expected to call his name with their first pick, the ninth overall selection, but Austin Meadows’ name was called. They took McGuire...

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Pirates Notebook: Who Makes In-Game Hitting Adjustments?

Let’s get right to the stat of the day for the 2013 Pirates: 93 runs scored in first five innings (0.34 per inning) 103 runs scored from the 6th-9th inning on (0.49 per inning) I don’t know whether this difference shows a team that makes good offensive adjustments as the game goes on or if it’s just random variance. Either way, the difference is a big reason for the Pirates’ 15 comeback wins (3rd in MLB behind...

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Fixing the Compensation System

Yesterday I brought up the fact that the compensation system for the Major League draft is a broken system.  The system is intended to compensate a team like the Tampa Bay Rays for losing a player like Carl Crawford, who they drafted, developed, and relied on for eight seasons, only to see Crawford sign with the Boston Red Sox. The problem is that the system doesn’t just compensate teams for these circumstances.  It also...

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