Pirates Notebook: Is the draft a success?

Let’s rewind the clock back to the morning of June 9th, about seven hours before the draft. Rumors were slowly creeping out that the Pirates would draft Tony Sanchez with the number four pick, ranked as the 32nd best prospect in the draft according to Baseball America. Later in the day Keith Law would break the news that the Pirates had reached a pre-draft deal with Sanchez, which sent most Pirates fans in to a frenzy. My...

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Pirates Notebook: The future of the site

You’ve probably noticed a few additions to the site recently, mostly involving advertising. When I first started the blog I was seeing about 100-150 page views a day, and I was ecstatic when I had a streak of days over 200 page views. A lot of events over the past few months have caused traffic to jump, and a lot of the new visitors to the site have stuck around, which led to over 50,000 page views last month. I have a feeling...

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Pirates sign Zack Dodson

UPDATE 9:21 PM: Baseball America reports that Cain signed for $1.125 M, while Dodson signed for $600 K. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the new totals. The Pirates have spent $6,786,900, about $3 M less than what they spent last year. – According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed their fourth round pick, Zack Dodson. We learned earlier that the Pirates had come to an agreement with Colton...

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Pirates Notebook: The Success of the 2009 Spikes

I know, it’s hard to call a 12-10 record a “success”, but considering State College went 18-56 last year, a 12-10 record is looking fantastic. Yesterday I went in to detail about the failure of the 2008 Spikes, and the successful impact of the innovative development process for the pitching staff. If you missed it, I’d check it out before reading this. After reading yesterday’s post, you know that the...

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Suddenly the draft looks great

I don’t think you can be mad over the decision to take Tony Sanchez in the first round after seeing what we saw in day two. I agree that I don’t think Sanchez is the fourth best player in the draft, but consider this: 1. There weren’t many hitters worthy of a top pick.2. The only guys who were worthy of a top pick were pitchers, and most of them were asking for double or triple what we’ll give Sanchez.3. In...

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