MLB Draft: The Latest Pirates Draft Rumblings

 

Live Updates 5:12 p.m. – War Room Buzz: Here are the Pirates final four considerations 1. Tony Sanchez, Catcher, Boston College (Expected to be the teams Selection) 2. Zach Wheeler, Pitcher, East Paulding HS 3. Aaron Crow, Pitcher, Fort Worth 4. Grant Green, SS, USC. From a pure value standpoint ( no consideration for financial demands) Crow is the best value followed by Zach Wheeler, Grant Green and then Tony Sanchez. 5:00 p.m. – TIOPS baseball Insider John Perrotto tells me he’s hearing an agreement has been made with Sanchez but no confirmation to this point from team officials. 4:02 p.m. – Pirates will pass on Aaron Crow according to industry sources. Sanchez will likely be the pick and could be signed very soon. Draft Insider Keith Law reports a predraft deal is done. Sanchez is viewed as a reach at #4. Huntington met with Sanchez last week and SanchezRead More »

MLB Draft: Doubts about Doumit’s long-term health has Sanchez rising the Pirates draft charts

 

Latest Draft Buzz: Crow remains Pirates top target on eve of Draft On the eve of the MLB draft, speculation continues that top hitting prospect Dustin Ackley is seeking more than Pedro Alvarez ($6.35 million) and his asking demands may lead to the Seattle Mariners passing on Ackley. Ackley is a nice prospect but he is not Pedro Alvarez, which is why it is very unlikely that any team will go above $6.35 million to sign him. This is typical posturing from Scott Boras but Boras does not tell teams directly before the draft what his asking price for a particular prospect is. If Seattle decides to pass on Ackley because of his demands, it’s believed they will draft pitcher Aaron Crow who is Pittsburgh’s top target. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik met with Crow over the weekend. Crow has a fastball that reaches 96 mph along with a hard sliderRead More »

MLB Draft Buzz: Pirates leaning towards selecting Aaron Crow

 

The trade of Nate McLouth could have a positive impact on what the Pirates do in the first round of the first-year player draft next Tuesday. The Pirates saved approximately $1.3 million this season by dealing the All-Star center fielder to Atlanta on Wednesday. The Pirates are considering using that money to select Aaron Crow, a right-handed pitcher who was Washington’s first-round draft pick from Missouri but opted not to sign with the Nationals. Crow is now pitching for Fort Worth in the independent American Association and is said to be seeking a major-league contract somewhere north of $4 million. Crow has a fastball that reaches 96 mph along with a hard slider and many scouts believe he could be in a major-league rotation by the start of next season if he signs quickly. A source with knowledge of the Pirates’ thinking said they will only take Crow if theyRead More »

MLB Draft: Latest Pirates Draft Buzz

 

By John Perrotto Who will the Pirates take with their first-round pick in the first-year player draft? Your guess is as good as anyone else’s. “Beyond No. 1, this is the most unsettled draft I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said a scouting director for an American League who asked not to be identified. “There are a million different scenarios that could play out.” The one certainly is that the Washington Nationals will take San Diego State right-hander Stephen Strasburg with the first pick. He is, by far, the best player available in this year’s draft crop, which is generally considered below average. North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley, ranked as the top hitter in the draft by most sources, will almost certainly be off the board by the time the Pirates pick as either Seattle will take him at No. 2 or San Diego will grab him withRead More »