Pirates Notebook: Funding the 2009 Draft

There has been a lot of talk about the Pirates 2009 draft, the international signing period, and of course the money it will take to fund these two events. I discussed the rumor that the Pirates would draft based on “signability” so that they can make an offer to Miguel Angel Sano, the top Dominican prospect. That rumor was later put to rest by Neal Huntington. So where do we stand on the draft/international signing issue?...

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Pirates Notebook: Drafting for signability to get Sano?

A lot of rumors have come about lately, mostly from ESPN’s Keith Law, stating that the Pirates are looking to take a high school player like 3B Bobby Borchering, C/3B Wil Myers, or RHP Matt Hobgood with their first pick. These players would provide a signability advantage, with the possibility of working out pre-draft deals. The idea would be to free up money for top Dominican prospect, Miguel Angel Sano. In Law’s latest...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates win pitcher's duel

OK, so maybe it wasn’t such a pitcher’s duel. After seeing the Pirates lose 2-0, then 4-0, then wait until the 9th inning in game three of the White Sox series to come alive, it was nice to see some runs. It’s a shame that for the last week we can’t seem to get it all together. When the pitching is working, the offense isn’t. When the offense is working, the pitching breaks down. I also want to bring to...

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Pirates Notebook: The offense comes alive

At around the seventh inning of Sunday’s game it was starting to feel like the Pirates couldn’t catch a break. They’d get runners at first and second with one out, only to get doubled up on a nice line drive catch. They’d get runners at the corners with two outs, only to see Brandon Moss thrown out after rounding first too far. At one point they had 11 hits and only one run in six innings. That’s almost...

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Pirates Notebook: How to boost the offense

The Pirates offense has just looked pathetic in the last two games. For the last 20 innings, the Pirates have been held scoreless, getting completely shut down by Gavin Floyd (who came in to this series with an ERA over 7), and Clayton Richard (who entered tonight’s game with a 1.59 WHIP). The worst part is that two great pitching outings were wasted in the last two nights. Zach Duke pitched a gem yesterday, needing only 88...

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