Tag: Austin Shields

Pirates Have an Extremely Raw Pitcher in Over-Slot Prep RHP Austin...

BRADENTON, Fla. – Austin Shields made his pro debut yesterday in the GCL, and it did not go well. The right-handed pitcher recorded just one out, walking three batters, giving up one hit, and giving up four earned runs. Although, if you know the back story with Shields, this isn’t a big surprise. The Pirates […]
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Morning Report: The GCL Pirates Have Quite a Rotation Set for...

The GCL rotation this week is providing a little excitement for the future. Nick Kingham is now scheduled to pitch his final game in the GCL on Saturday, going five innings for the second time. He got a little break since his last start on Monday last week, but now the current plan is to […]
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Pirates Prospects 2016 Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

At the start of the 2016 season, I wrote about “The Next Wave” — the group of prospects who would join the Pirates in 2016, helping to lead to their playoff push this year, while making them contenders for years to come. That group has already started to make their impact. Jameson Taillon and Adam […]
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Neal Huntington on the 2016 Draft, Josh Bell Getting Outfield Work,...

WASHINGTON – The Pirates wrapped up their 2016 draft signings this week, missing out on their 41st overall pick, prep LHP Nick Lodolo, but signing 33rd round prep RHP Austin Shields. Lodolo turned down a reported $1.75 M, which was over his slot amount of $1.576 M. As a result, the Pirates will get the 42nd overall […]
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Morning Report: The GCL Pirates Are Now Loaded with High Upside...

Some news and notes from the GCL and the draft, as well as an under the radar pitcher in the West Virginia bullpen. ** Fourth round pick Braeden Ogle is scheduled to make his pro debut today. He signed just three days after Travis MacGregor, who made his third pro start yesterday and is already […]
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Pirates Offered Nick Lodolo $1.75M to Sign, Sign Austin Shields with...

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates offered 41st overall pick Nick Lodolo their entire remaining bonus pool to sign. Heyman reports that they offered $1.75M, which he turned down to attend TCU, as reported here a few days ago. The actual offer for Lodolo was likely slightly higher at $1,761,470, which is all they […]
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Rounds 31-35: Pirates Draft a Prep Pitcher From Canada

The Pirates did some deep scouting in these rounds, taking right-handed prep pitcher Austin Shields from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. Shields has a commitment to British Columbia in Canada, so he’s going to be another guy who would require above-slot money. As I’ve noted earlier today, the Pirates have a lot […]
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