Pirates Notebook: The myth of above slot signings

There seems to be a common misconception about signing players above slot. Every time I see someone talking about what it will take to sign our “signability” picks, it’s always the same talk: “With $4 M left to spend, we only have enough to sign 4-5 more picks.” “Zach Von Rosenberg and Billy Cain will probably cost us $3 M total.” “We really need to sign Parker Bangs and Zach Nuding to...

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Pirates Notebook: Big Weekend for the Pirates

According to Chuck Finder of the PPG, two Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks will be in town this weekend for what amounts to a “recruiting visit”. Those players are sixth round pick Zach Von Rosenberg, and eighth round pick Billy Cain. Both pitchers are high school players with college commitments. ZVR is committed to LSU, who recently won a National Championship. Cain is committed to Texas, the team that LSU beat to win the...

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Pirates Notebook: Home field advantage

A lot of Pirates fans have to be worried after the recent sweep by the Colorado Rockies. The Pirates should have won two of those games, and could have easily won all three. Instead the Pirates extended their losing streak to four games, and sit at 31-38 on the season. I don’t see this as anything out of the ordinary. This season the Pirates are 17-12 at home, but a disappointing 14-26 on the road. It’s not uncommon for a...

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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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