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A quick, numbered rundown of the opening day of MLB’s June Amateur Draft…
1. The Pittsburgh Pirates had to be absolutely elated when the projected #1 overall pick on most draft boards- Stanford RHP Mark Appel- dropped the whole way to the Bucco’s spot at #8, a fall potentially rooted in Major League Baseball’s new draft slotting system, which severely penalizes teams for exceeding their $$$ draft allocation. Appel has top-of-rotation potential, with a plus fastball that hits 95mph regularly, a complementary hard slider, and serviceable changeup. At 6’4″, 195lb, the Houston native has a great frame, repeatable, smooth delivery, and strong mound presence.
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2. Despite the positives, it doesn’t help that Appel is represented by superdou….agent Scott Boras, with whom the Pirates had a hair-raising go around during the 3B Pedro Al
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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...
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...
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...
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'...
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...
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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...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Clint Barmes had three hits and drove in three runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their home-run tear by hitting three more for an 8-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Neil Walker hit a two-run homer, and Casey McGehee and Alex Presley had solo shots, giving the Pirates seven homers in their last two games.
A.J. Burnett (5-2) won his...
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...
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. [...]