Pirates draft Jameson Taillon

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted high school pitcher Jameson Taillon (click his name to go to his BUCCO Fans player page) with their first pick, number two overall, in the 2010 MLB draft.  Taillon was rated the number two prospect in the draft by Baseball America, behind Bryce Harper and one ahead of high school shortstop Manny Machado.  Harper went first overall to the Washington Nationals, leaving...

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May Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia has some interesting prospects, but at the moment they’re probably the only full season league without a top 10 prospect in the Pirates’ organization.  The guys who are top prospects either haven’t been consistent enough this season, or haven’t taken their game to the next level.  West Virginia should see a surge in talent by the end of June, as prep pitchers like Zach Von Rosenberg...

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2010 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

In the past two drafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money luring top prep prospects away from their commitments to major colleges.  In 2008 the Pirates signed Robbie Grossman for $1 M, stealing him from Texas.  They also signed Quinton Miller for $900 K, stealing him from UNC.  Jarek Cunningham had committed to Arizona State, and Wes Freeman had committed to Central Florida, yet both players ended up...

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What is the 2010 draft budget?

An important topic with the upcoming draft will be the budget the Pirates have to sign players.  In the past two years, the Pirates have shelled out $18.7 M in bonuses, which ranks number one in the majors.  They’ve taken two different approaches, first shelling out big money for Pedro Alvarez, then drafting for signability with Tony Sanchez, and in each case they ended up spending around $9 M or more a year. In 2008...

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Where are the high school arms?

I get asked this question a lot: where are the high school arms from the 2009 draft? The simple answer is that they’re in Extended Spring Training, with the exception of Colton Cain, who has been injured with a back issue, although Cain would have also been in Extended Spring Training. Chances are the Pirates will take the same approach with these players as they took with Quinton Miller in 2009.  Miller was drafted in the...

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