Pirates Notebook: Draft Pick Updates

A few updates to the Draft Pick Signing Tracker: -18th round pick Ryan Beckman has been signed. Here is my brief summary of him from day two of the draft: “Beckman is a relief pitcher, standing at 6’4″, 185 pounds. He had a 6.07 ERA and a 28:16 K/BB ratio in 29.2 innings this year.” -Victor Black’s bonus is reportedly $717,000.-Brock Holt’s bonus is reportedly $125,000. The MVP Tracker The MVP...

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Pirates Notebook: The classic debate

I mentioned some thoughts on the Nyjer Morgan for Lastings Milledge trade rumors Friday night. Since that point I’ve been thinking about the non-baseball aspect of the deal. There are two opinions on the trade rumors from what I can tell. One side wants Milledge because he’s a talented player that could be an upside over Morgan if he puts it all together. The other side doesn’t want Milledge because he is considered...

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Pirates Notebook: Nate McLouth Part 2?

Two years ago I wasn’t sold at all on Nate McLouth. From what I could tell there were two camps: one which felt McLouth could be a solid everyday player that should be in the lineup, and another that felt McLouth had some power, but couldn’t hit for average to warrant everyday playing time. I wasn’t sold on his average, which was .249 in his first three seasons, although I did want him playing over guys like Jeromy...

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Pirates Notebook: Lynchburg Hillcats Pics

My wife and I recently got a new bedroom set. So today at 7 AM I woke up to get ready and go pick it up with my dad. We got there at 9:30 AM, and for the next seven and a half hours we were moving furniture: new bedroom set to my house, old bedroom set to my parent’s house, other old bed room set to another bed room, then final old bedroom set to my garage, which is kind of like the “Designated for Assignment” area....

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Pirates Notebook: Jose being Jose

The Pittsburgh Pirates may have a losing record so far this season, but overall, it’s been a nice year for the future of the organization. That was especially evident tonight. Brad Lincoln made a very nice start in his debut at AAA. Pedro Alvarez hit his first homer at AA, carrying over the power we saw in Lynchburg. And in the majors, Andrew McCutchen continues living up to his top prospect hype. I got to thinking about a few...

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