Pirates Pregame: Rodriguez Will Start Friday Against Braves

Wandy Rodriguez was throwing today during the pregame media session with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, and apparently things went well. Hurdle said he would have more information about Rodriguez’s status after tonight game. “I’ll definitely have something for you after the the game,” he said. “Or if you hear a big scream and jump up and down then you know it’s all good.” There were no screams...

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More Notes on the Draft

Following my recent post on the possibility that the Pirates could take Tony Sanchez with the #4 pick, I have two other notes: 1. The MLB Draft signing deadline has been moved to August 17th, as August 15th was on a Saturday. So I guess we will be waiting until 11:59 PM on August 17th for Scott Boras picks to sign. 2. After posting about Tony Sanchez, I read the intro to the latest mock draft from Jim Callis at Baseball America. In...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown: Elimination Style Part 2

Last week I cut a list of 15 draft prospects down to nine players. The college regular season is coming to a close, and the draft is a little over two weeks away. Therefore, it’s time to cut that list of nine draft prospects down to six. The end result of all of this will be to settle on the top three players for the Pirates to take at pick number four in the 2009 MLB draft (Stephen Strasburg is number one, but I’m not...

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2009 Draft Prospects Rundown: Elimination Style

Let’s play a little game. Personally I’m tired of talking about a few of the guys I’m tracking in the Draft Prospects Tracker. It’s not that they’re bad players. It’s not that they’re boring. It’s just that it’s a waste of time. There are certain players who would be a total waste with the fourth pick. Guys like Mike Leake and Rich Poythress have solid numbers, but they...

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