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 »