Pirates earning high marks for top value picks on Day 2

 

The Pirates strategy of going under slot with the No. 1 overall pick, saw them have a great day on paper in Day 2 of the draft. Pittsburgh’s first four picks of the draft in Day 2 has seen the organization earn high marks from every corner. Among the four, Pittsburgh Selected High Schoolers LHP Anthony Solomento, OF Lonnie White Jr, a Penn State football recruit, RHP/SS Bubba Chandlier, a Clemson football recruit, and RHP Owen Kellington. Solomento, White Jr and Chandlier had first round grades from Baseball America. “The first four players we took today out of the high school group, those are guys that we had targeted that we really liked,” said GM Ben Cherington. “Really excited to get all of them and we had them all rated pretty highly on our board.” Pittsburgh expects to sign all four.

Henry Davis goes No. 1: The Pirates Draft Board is always going to be different than most teams

 

Seeking an under slot prospect with the No. 1 selection, the Pittsburgh Pirates brass kept many executives and insiders around the league guessing on what direction they were going with the No. 1 overall pick. The direction many saw them going was the high school shortstop route with left handed hitting shortstop Marcel Mayer widely viewed as the likely pick, a prospect many draft pundits have called a future superstar, with Jordan Lawlar a close second. Instead the tight lipped Pirates surprised at No. 1 in selection catcher Henry Davis out of Louisville. Regarded by many as the best college hitter in the draft, Davis slashed a line of .370/.482/.663 with 15 home runs and led the ACC with a .486 on-base percentage. It was no secret the Pirates planned to go under slot at No. 1. They made it known with leaks weeks ago to get that out ofRead More »

2021 MLB Draft Top-10 Picks

 

1. PIT C Henry Davis 2. TEX RHP Jack Leiter 3. DET RHP Jackson Jobe 4. BOS SS Marcelo Mayer 5. BAL OF Colton Cowser 6. ARI SS Jordan Lawlar 7. KC LHP Frank Mozzicato 8. COL OF Ben Mongomery 9. LAA RHP SAm Bachman 10. NYM RHP Kumar Rocker

Trade Fallout: Pirates get a haul for Musgrove?

 

Several years away from being at least competitive and fielding a respectable team, the Pirates are in a complete tear down of the roster and any veteran with a pulse on that roster and a rising salary is going to get shipped out of town. The trade of Joe Musgrove Monday night was some luck coming on the Pirates side in that they were able to take advantage of Musgrove’s trade value being much higher than it really should have been. The local media will greatly overrate the Pirates return. Call it a haul or whatever, the Pirates, though, at least got a promising return for a low level No. 3 caliber pitcher if you buy into his 2020 campaign being a sign of things to come. You have to start somewhere for this franchise and they did well for who they traded. CF Hudson Head, Age 19 C EndyRead More »

With no hope of contending for several years, Pirates deal Bell to WAS

 

No Hope, Full-Blown Rebuild in the Works With a full blown rebuild in the works and several years away of having any hopes of competing again, the Pirates’ way of economics always had Josh Bell heading out the door sooner than later, and on Christmas Eve, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Bell to the Washington Nationals. In the deal, the Pirates received pitchers Wil Crowe and Eddy Yean. Crowe, 26, made his MLB debut in 2020, posting a 11.88 ERA in three appearances. Yean, 19, posted a 3.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 10 starts at rookie ball in 2019. As with any pitcher as young as Yean, it will be a while before the Pirates know what they have if anything in Yean. “We’re going to need to continue to focus on the accumulation of talent and then the development of that talent, and that comes from all different avenues,”Read More »

Bucs fall to Cards 5-4

 

STL 5 – PIT 4 (F) *Jack Flaherty pitched seven solid innings, striking out six and allowing two earned runs in a Cardinals (1-0) 5-4 win over the Pirates (0-1). *St. Louis and Flaherty built a 3-0 cushion until the Pirates climbed within 3-2 in the seventh on a 2-run RBI single from Jacob Stallings. *In the eighth, the game got away from the Pirates again as Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer off Rich Rodriguez to push the Cards lead to 5-2. Pittsburgh rallied in the ninth to get within one on a Jose Osuna infield single that scored Josh Bell and Colin Moran. *In the loss, Joe Musgove allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs in 5.2 IP. Trevor Williams takes the mound for Pirates on Saturday afternoon. *GAME LEADERS: J. Stallings 2-4, 4 R, RBI | C. Moran 2-4, 2B, 2 R | J. Osuna 2-4, 2Read More »

Pirates – Cardinals Opening Day

 

PIT @ STL (8:15 p.m.) *Pirates went a combined 3-21 in spring training, were 5-14 against the Cardinals in 2019 *STL has won six straight series vs PIT *Over the last two seasons, SP Joe Musgrove has allowed 29 earned runs in 30 innings vs the Cards. Musgrove has lost six straight starts vs STL. *Cards Ace Jack Flaherty will start for STL. 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA in 2019, Flaherty posted a 0.91 ERA in the second half of last season.