Found June 04, 2012 on North Side Notch:
With the eighth pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pirates selected RHP Mark Appel from Stanford. The 6’4″ junior is widely considered as the best pitcher in the draft and was even tabbed by some to be the number one overall pick. However, his association with Scott Boras seemed to scare a lot of teams away until the Pirates got on the board. Baseball America had him ranked as the #3 prospect in the entire draft. Appel is a power throwing righty who consistently sits in the 92-95 range with his fastball and has reached the upper 90′s at times. He also throws a slider and a change-up. Over 15 starts with Stanford this year, he is 10-1 with a 2.27 ERA. In 119 innings, he has struck out 127 and walked 26. Now comes the tough part, as previously mentioned, Appel is being advised by Scott Boras. We don’t quite know yet how things are going to play out because of the new rules to signing bonuses this year. If the Pirates pay over-slot for Appel, it means they either can’t sign anyone else, o...

Alex Presley recalled, will join club in Cincinnati

Team source w/ Pirates confirms Alex Presley expected to join club in Cincy for tomorrow. Unsure of corresponding move, but Presley on way. — Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) June 5, 2012   Alex Presley definitely deserves this. He’s been crushing the ball in Indianapolis. Going into tonight’s game, he was hitting .290/.392/.661 with five HR in 62 at bats. You would have to think...

Tony Sanchez promoted to AAA

2009 1st round pick (4th overall) Tony Sanchez has been promoted to AAA-Indianapolis from AA-Altoona. Sanchez, who was repeating AA after struggling last season, was hitting .277/.370/.390 over 40 games for the Curve. He’s really been swinging a hot bat lately and his defense has reportedly been very good. Last season, Sanchez hit just .241/.340/.318 for Altoona as his top prospect...

Pirates move big-name draft pick from pitcher to third base

The Pirates have been Major League Baseball's biggest spender in the draft the last half-decade, but not much of that has paid off. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday that Stetson Allie, the flame-throwing right-hander the team paid $2.2 million as a 2010 second-rounder, is being converted from pitcher to hitter. The news stunned the baseball industry, not only because...

Pirates won't focus on in-house needs with first-round pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates are accustomed to picking first or thereabouts in Major League Baseball's draft, so they've already succeeded in 2012 in at least one regard: They're picking eighth. "That's a good sign just because it means we're improving at the major league level," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We've said all along we'...

Game 54 Live Chat: Pirates at Reds

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Pirates 6, Brewers 5

Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones hit consecutive homers and James McDonald struck out eight and won for the third time in four starts when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Sunday. McDonald (5-2) held the Brewers to four hits and a walk, and only one of the three runs he allowed was earned. He pitched out of a jam in the sixth inning, then departed after throwing...

Beginner's luck? Fiers seeks to prove himself

Even while James McDonald was struggling with his control and serving up a bevy of homers last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates still felt he had the talent to one day be the team's ace. He is not only throwing like the No. 1 starter in their rotation, but he looks like one of the best pitchers in baseball. Coming off a superb May, McDonald seeks to continue his stunning turnaround...

Miller Park mash-fest

The Pirates came out on top in a home-run fest at Miller Park this afternoon, giving the Bucs their first series win at Milwaukee since early 2010 and bringing them back above .500 and within 3 games of the Reds. Just like on Friday, the game started out ominously for the Pirates. Neil Walker doubled over Nyjer Morgan‘s head in center with one out in the first and Andrew McCutchen...

Buckle up: Bucs grab Mark Appel at #8

Going in to the draft tonight, many of us were hoping someone would slide down the board a bit and fall in to the Pirates’ lap at #8. It turned out that while a few of their potential targets were snapped up right away, the guy that many were projecting to go number one fell all the way down to the Pirates. All the way up until Bud Selig took the podium to announce the pick, most...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds – Game 55

Did anyone really see homers from Neil Walker, Casey McGehee, and Alex Presley coming?  I sure didn’t. That said for how bad the offense has been they haven’t been completely inept at hitting the long ball.  I mean tied for 20th is no great shakes but it’s much better than the 28th their SLG ranks. [...]

Day 2 of the 2012 draft reveals the Pirates' Mark Appel strategy: hardball

If Tuesday started with the Pirates surrounded by uncertainty in regards to how they'd handle the signing of Mark Appel, Wednesday is starting with everyone having a pretty good idea of what the Pirates plan to do in their negotiations with Appel and his advisor, Scott Boras. They're not going to stake their whole draft on signing Appel and they're going to try and use...
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