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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Zack Dodson Spring Training Videos

Here are some videos I took of Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Zack Dodson during an inter-squad game in Spring Training.  Dodson was pitching opposite Zach Von Rosenberg, and facing a lineup that was mostly made up of players in high-A and AA for the Pirates.  Dodson had some control problems, but considering that it was Spring Training, and against players at a higher level, I’m not going to make much of it.  He has...

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Roster Moves: Penn, Hanrahan, Burres, McCutchen, Ohlendorf

A bunch of roster moves made today, so here’s a quick recap: -Hayden Penn was designated for assignment.  I wonder how his recent performance has affected his chances of being claimed elsewhere.  He’s a guy who I wouldn’t mind losing, but at the same time, I wouldn’t mind if he goes to AAA to work on his command.  No harm in trying to catch lightning in a bottle with a talented arm like Penn....

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