First Pitch: The 2011 Draft is the Exact Opposite of the 2009 Draft

In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of money on prep pitchers in the middle rounds. The hope was that one of those pitchers could one day emerge as a top of the rotation option, which is something the Pirates hadn’t seen in their system for a long time. So far none of those pitchers have emerged as anything close to top of the rotation guys. Here is a rundown of what the Pirates have from each pitcher. 2nd Round –...

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First Pitch: The 2009 Draft Class Lacking Impact Talent

Today we finished up the Bradenton Marauders recap, which means we’ve wrapped up all of the prep pitchers from the 2009 draft. There are still players from the 2009 draft to cover in the upper levels of the farm system. However, since a bulk of the draft was focused on those prep pitchers, this would be a good time to review the draft. Before we begin, a reminder on my strategy for evaluating a draft. You can evaluate a draft at...

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2009 Seventh Round Pick Trent Stevenson Retires

Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Trent Stevenson has retired, and has been placed on the “Voluntary Retirement” list by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stevenson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, and was given a $350,000 bonus to break his commitment to the University of Arizona. Stevenson had struggled the last two years in pro ball. Last year he started out in West Virginia, and posted a 6.93 ERA in 49.1...

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Reviewing the Progress of the 2009 Prep Pitchers

My process for evaluating players out of high school is simple. I don’t really start grading players heavily until what would have been their junior year of college. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the obvious highly touted Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell type players. But for the most part, I don’t like penalizing a player because he turned pro out of high school and struggled his first two years, rather than...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Trent Stevenson

Last night I saw Trent Stevenson pitch four innings in West Virginia, allowing one run on two walks and three hits.  Stevenson had a rough start to the year, with a 4.76 ERA in April, and a 9.64 ERA in 14 innings in May.  However, he’s really bounced back in June, with a 2.20 ERA in 16.1 innings.  His last two outings have been strong, allowing one run in four innings each time out.  I talked to Trent after the game to see what...

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