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: 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 »