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Bad Hanson came to play

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0-5 with 4 Ks. Polanco, on the other hand, is 2-2 with 3 BBs! It's 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th. Mike Jefferson pitches for the Power.

Babe Marte clubs another one

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Hason sits out another game.

Human tick gets nicked

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"Edgar Mercedes, the powerful Dominican trainer who represented Yoenis Cespedes and has been a part of some of baseball's most expensive international amateur signings, was arrested yesterday in the Dominican Republic on charges of smuggling Cuban players into the country."

Oswalt to the Rangers

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Best organization in baseball?

Kingham's most recent strong start

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And Alen Hanson seeks to become the Greek God of Walks.

Jay Hay -- Hero

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Jayhayhero

Jay Hay -- Hero

He' back

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He could run like a deer.

Minor League Ball's latest draft board

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The Top 15 along with Marrero and Straton Mike Zunino Lucas Giolito Carlos Correa Kevin Gausman Marcus Stroman Byron Buxton Kyle Zimmer Max Fried Courtney Hawkins Gavin Cecchini Mark Appel Richie Shaffer Albert Almora David Dahl Matthew Smoral .... 26. Devin Marrero ... 30. Chris Stratton

Buy low on Domonic Brown

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"Coming into the 2011 season, Domonic Brown ranked as the fourth-best prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America. The Philadelphia Phillies had just watched right fielder Jayson Werth depart for greener pastures in Washington and felt confident that Brown was the long-term answer at the position. A little more than a year later, we’re all left wondering what went wrong. At age 23, Brown got his second extended look in the big leagues starting in May of 2011. Though some skill at the plate was evident, he ultimately underwhelmed with a .322 wOBA in 210 plate appearances. The league-average wOBA in right field was .334 in 2011, and the struggles on defense could not justify allowing him to work through his growing pains at the big league level — at least, not for a team with legitimate World Series aspirations. Philadelphia sent Brown back down to Triple-A in August. The only other big league action he saw last season was a brief call-up in late September once rosters expanded and the Triple-A season had already been completed."

BA noticed Alen Hanson

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After praising Hanson's offensive production, the article continued by noting that: "The blight on Hanson’s spring has been his defense, as he’s made 17 errors in 32 games, easily the most of any SAL shortstop. He made four errors on Wednesday, all of them fielding errors. Hanson’s throwing arm is expected to be the biggest obstacle to him staying at shortstop, but just three of his 17 errors have been of the throwing variety. His errors have also tended to come in bunches. Wednesday was his fifth multi-error game, and he committed seven in his first 11 games at shortstop in April."

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Oh, it's all so simple

Karen Price of the Tribune-Review informed worried Pirates fans that: General manager Neal Huntington addressed his team’s struggling offense before the game, and said that any help they get is...

Keith Law's first mock draft

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This one sits behind a paywall. His take on the Pirates at 1.8: Devin Marrero "Most people saw Marrero as a top-five pick coming into the season, but he didn't have a great year for the Sun Devils. However, the entire industry seems to think the Pirates want him here. I have also heard them on Mississippi State right-hander Chris Stratton" It could be worse. But this draft strategy, if it plays out as Law predicts, is Littlefieldesque in conception. In fact, if the Pirates were to take Marrero at 1.8 next month, I'd say that this pick should alter the way fans view the 2009 Draft class. Instead of taking at face value team claims that it took Tony Sanchez with the 1.4 pick in order to conserve resources it intended to spend later, a Marrero pick makes the Sanchez pick look consistent with a pitching and defense first team building strategy.

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Keith Law's latest top 15

His article sits behind ESPN's paywall. It is a Top-100 list. 1. Buxton, of, prep 2. Correa, ss, prep 3. Gausman, p, college 4. Zunino, c, college 5. Fried, p, prep 6. Appel, p, college 7. Almora,...

Picking winners

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From an instructive FanGraphs article: "Out lesson for today is that it doesn’t matter how many picks you have or where you pick, there’s value to be found throughout the draft and there’s no substitute for good scouting."

G. Mota -- have a seat

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"San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 100 games on Monday, becoming just the third major league player penalized twice for positive drug tests."

More Carlos Correa hype

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This article sits behind ESPN's paywall. In it Keith Law wrote: "Correa has the athleticism and arm to stay at short now, but it's hard to foresee his body playing there when he's 23 or 24; he should be comfortably above-average at third if not better, as his feet move well and he has plenty of arm strength. He could easily end up the best player out of this draft, given his youth and upside at the plate. I doubt he ever sets foot on campus at the University of Miami, except as a spectator." Why do I expect the Padres to take Correa?

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It's easier to find

If the Pittsburgh Pirates want to compete for League and World championships and if it wants to compete for these championships in the next five or so years, the organization must find impact...

Alen Hanson finally makes BA's Hot Sheet

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were in the Team Photo.

junior (san diego): would you rather have gavin cecchini or deven marrero? Nathan Rode: Not sure...

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junior (san diego): would you rather have gavin cecchini or deven marrero? Nathan Rode: Not sure where others in the office stand on this, but I'd take Gavin Cecchini. I bet they wouldn't be shocked by that. I think he has a good chance to stay at SS and is a better bet to hit than Marrero. Marrero might be a better bet to stick there defensively, but looking at the overall package, I'd take Cecchini. I'm a huge fan of that kid. Marrero vs. Cecchini

Still, Correa is the main attraction for scouts at the event, and he did not disappoint. In his...

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Still, Correa is the main attraction for scouts at the event, and he did not disappoint. In his first game, Correa went 2-for-3 with two home runs. The hitters are using metal bats and the first home run was a mammoth shot to left field, probably about 375 feet. The second home run came on a hanging curveball and was more of a line drive about 350 feet, also to left field. "I feel great. That was a great game for me," Correa said. "I feel comfortable, I feel good, I feel healthy, so that's good. I dreamt it would be like this, so it's like a dream come true. I love it . . . It feels good to be in front of the scouts. There's a lot of scouts here in Puerto Rico coming from the USA, so it feels good that they came to see every Puerto Rican player."

Carlos Correa at the Excellence Tournament

MiLB article on Jameson Taillon

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A good passage: "'I'm a power fastball, curveball guy, but my pitching coach [Mike Steele] challenged me to throw my changeup more. That has kept guys off my fastball and stopped them just sitting on something hard. I feel like I have a three-pitch mix and that I can use any pitch in any count. That being said, the season is young and there is a lot of work to be done.'"

Helpings of crow for Pedro bashers

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Eating-crow

Helpings of crow for Pedro bashers

MLBTR: Starting the Bedard trade watch

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Trading Bedard makes sense given his contract situation, the Pirates playoff hopes (none) and the team's needs. Burnett is another one who could go in mid-season.

Accccckkkkkk

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A Keith Law rumor: The Pirates are considering Deven Marrero at 1.8. The article is behind the ESPN paywall. If it turns out that the Pirates take Marrero with their first round pick, I'd say that it's time to fire Joe DelliCarri and Greg Smith. Huntington ought to be called on to account for a mistake this bad. The ghosts of Littlefield and Creech haunt this franchise.

Another blunder

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Bryce Harper will join the Nats tomorrow.

The Royals win, the Royals win

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The Royals pummeled the Indians 8-2.

Royals lost their twelth in a row

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Right now, hitting and pitching seem to be a problem for the Royals.

Minor League Ball's recent Mock Draft

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The Pirates take: "Even with a really deep collection of arms in the Pirates farm system, I just can't see any way that the Pirates don't add another one here unless they would take Deven Marrero. Considering recent history a higher ceiling player is more likely. Kyle Zimmer is intriguing but off the board in this scenario. Max Fried is also interesting but Mark Appel was the consensus best arm coming into the season and while he hasn't progressed much, he hasn't regressed either. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford (previous:Correa)" My preferences if Correa is unavailable include Fried, Smoral, Cecchini, Shaffer. But, I suspect that the Pirates would take Appel if he were available with the 8th pick.

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