Draft Signing Notes: Landecker, Topa, Arbet

Yesterday I mentioned that five draft picks will be going to Bradenton this week to sign deals with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today I learned that about a dozen players have already agreed to sign, with most officially signing tomorrow. Here are a few more names who will be joining the list. **17th round pick Justin Topa will be signing tomorrow. Topa is a college senior from Long Island University. He’s a right-hander who throws...

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First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – Everybody Loves Cody Dickson

Day two of the draft is over, and all of the slot picks for the 2013 bonus pool have been selected. Just like last night we will give our reactions to the picks. You can check out the recap of the day here. Wilbur Miller and John Dreker were both following the draft today, with the three of us working to find information on the new Pirates prospects. You can find all of our thoughts below. Tim Williams On the surface, day two of the...

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Draft Day Two Recap: Lefty Pitchers, Shortstops, Groundballs, and Upside

Yesterday the Pirates took some high upside guys, drafting Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire in the first round, then taking Blake Taylor in the second. Today they continued going for upside, adding a lot of guys who will need some development, and maybe an adjustment or two, but have the tools, pitches, and skills to pay off if the Pirates’ development system can make the proper changes. “Factoring in some things that...

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Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Trae Arbet

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted prep shortstop Trae Arbet in the fifth round of the MLB draft. Arbet was the 114th best player in Baseball America’s rankings. He’s a very athletic shortstop with good bat speed and gap power. Defensively he’s good, with solid range, instincts and arm. It’s never a guarantee that prep shortstops will stick at the position, and there are concerns that Arbet will move to second...

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