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Pirates fail to sign first round pick, Mark Appel

In aside, News And Rumors by dmick8945 Comments

The Pirates failed to reach an agreement with their first round pick today. Mark Appel was considered a possibility to be taken first overall, but instead dropped to 8th when the Pirates drafted him. Here is what Neal Huntington said about the Pirates decision. “Our final offer exceeded the available bonus pool money and was essentially up to the last …

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Cubs First Round Pick: Albert Almora

In Minor Leagues, Transactions by Obstructed View Staff110 Comments

In the first rund with the 6th overall pick the Cubs selected Albert Almora. No surprise here. Almora is a latter-day A.J. Hinch in that he has become a go-to player for USA Baseball national teams from a young age. Almora was USA Baseball's 2011 athlete of the year after being MVP of the 18-and-under Pan American Championships in Colombia …

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2012 MLB Draft Notes

In Minor Leagues by dmick8927 Comments

It wasn't that long ago when you couldn't find much coverage of the MLB Draft. I remember a few years ago how easy it was to navigate through Google to find exactly the information you're trying to find. It's not like that anymore. Everybody covers the draft. Searching Google for specific info results in far too many hits to be …

BA's Jim Callis, BP's Kevin Goldstein on the Cubs and the draft

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick8984 Comments

Orange Guy had Jim Callis from Baseball America and Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus on the Cubs pre-pregame show today. The highlights Callis: Gaussman is the best player that actually has a chance of dropping to the Cubs, though the chance of him doing so is small (but nontrivial!) Cubs will probably draft Almora Callis would take Correa over Almora …