2009 Draft by the Numbers

The 2009 draft pick signing deadline passed last night at midnight, with the Pirates standing pat with 23 players picked. Check out the Draft Pick Signing Tracker to see who the Pirates signed, as well as announced bonuses. I’ve also updated my spreadsheet with announced bonus information from every team, as well as the round by round signing status for every team. A few important notes on this: 1. The bonus amounts aren’t...

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Pirates Notebook: Did MLB stand in the way of draft signings?

There’s been a lot of talk going around that the MLB commissioner’s office has been putting pressure on teams to wait until later in the draft pick signing process before announcing any above slot deals. It started with some rumblings from Baseball America. Then there was a Peter Gammons report that suggested a team in the Central with poor success over the last few years had agreed to an above slot deal with their fourth...

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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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