Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL
Jul04

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL

Catching up on all of the minor league transactions from the last few days. **Jerry Sands and Matt Curry are both on rehab assignments with the GCL Pirates. **Eric Avila has been released by the Pirates. The third baseman was hitting for a .234/.259/.414 line in 111 at-bats this year. He was doing well in the month of June, with a .339/.383/.554 line in 56 at-bats. However, he was mostly crushing lefties, with a .548 OPS against...

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Nick Buckner’s Bonus Announced — Draft Bonus Pool Updates
Jul02

Nick Buckner’s Bonus Announced — Draft Bonus Pool Updates

Jim Callis has the signing bonus for 14th round pick Nick Buckner, and the amount is surprising. One more pool-relevant bonus blank to fill in: #Pirates 14th-rder Nick Buckner, $135k. Texas HS OF, big raw power, Houston commit. #mlbdraft — Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) July 2, 2013 The Pirates signed Buckner and 16th round pick Billy Roth last week, both to over-slot deals. Both players were expected to be difficult to sign,...

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Pirates Sign Nick Buckner and Billy Roth
Jun29

Pirates Sign Nick Buckner and Billy Roth

The Pirates have signed 14th round pick Nick Buckner and 16th round pick Billy Roth per a team press release. The release also made the signing of 30th round pick Will Kendall official, which we wrote about the other day. Roth and Buckner are the biggest signings here, as both are very talented prep players. Buckner was taken in the 14th round and had a commitment to Houston. He was one of the players I highlighted on day three of the...

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Draft Day Three Recap: Ten Players to Highlight the Day Three Picks

In my day three preview I pointed out how the Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten some good value prospects on day three of the draft, taking people like Casey Sadler, Phil Irwin, and Adalberto Santos after the 20th round. The problem with that approach is that you don’t always know those guys will be prospects. Sure, you might like those guys due to their numbers, stuff, or whatever other reason. But it’s just as easy to...

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Rounds 11-15: Pirates Add Some Hitters to the System

The Pirates often go with a lot of pitchers, with Pirates fans asking for hitters. They started day three of the draft with five straight hitters. A few of these guys profile as organizational options, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have value. 15th round pick Max Rossiter should play a key role in Jamestown handling the young pitching staff. The Pirates saw a lot of value with that approach last year from Jacob...

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