2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Draft Recap

The Rule 5 draft was completed this morning, with the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians.  I reviewed Rodriguez earlier today right after the pick was made.  With J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett off the board, it’s looking more and more like Ronny Cedeno will be the starting shortstop for the Pirates in 2011. Rodriguez had success at the AAA level in 2010, and could step in to the majors in 2011...

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Pirates Select Josh Rodriguez in the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected shortstop Josh Rodriguez with the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  We heard from Jennifer Langosch before the draft that the Pirates were likely to take Rodriguez with the first pick. Rodriguez, who turns 26 in about a week, hit for a .293/.372/.486 line in 317 at-bats in AAA this past year in the Cleveland farm system.  He played most of his games at shortstop, and also played second base....

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2010 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

The 2010 Rule 5 Draft is today at 9:00 AM.  The Pittsburgh Pirates own the first pick in the draft, with plenty of rumors surrounding how they could use the selection.  I will be following all of the draft news leading up to the draft, along with the draft itself.  For a preview of the draft, check out my notebook from last night. 8:00 AM: One hour until the draft.  Check out the latest Rule 5 buzz from John Manuel at Baseball...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Rule 5 Draft Preview

Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to.  Day four will almost certainly bring at least one transaction, as the 2010 Rule 5 draft will take place at 9:00 AM, with the Pirates having the first overall pick. The Pirates haven’t said whether they will use the selection, or trade it...

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Rule 5 Updates: Elvin Ramirez, Trades

The Rule 5 draft is tomorrow afternoon, and there are a few updates on the Pirates’ first overall pick. -Dejan Kovacevic mentioned this morning that Elvin Ramirez, a right handed pitcher with the New York Mets, is a guy to keep an eye on.  Buster Olney tweeted that Ramirez is widely expected to be the first pick in the draft tomorrow.  Ramirez was the #26 prospect in the Mets’ farm system heading in to the 2009 season....

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