Starting pitcher Brad Lincoln has been a disappointment for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the last 2+ seasons, the Bucs have given the, now-27 year old, several shots to grab a spot in the rotation and it just hasn’t worked out. He’s been OK at times, good at others but mediocre far too often. As a starter, Lincoln becomes too much of a one-pitch pitcher. His fastball doesn’t maintain its velocity as well over extended outings and his change has not been very effective against major league hitters so he is often left with hitters just sitting on his curve. For a former #4 draft pick, a player taken ahead of Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw, this…well…sucks. Hear me out, though…
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
That said, we can go ahead and take look some names to start watching for the 2013 draft. The list will include both high school and college players. The players are not ranked in a particular order. Check it out after the jump.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Yesterday marked Day 1 of the Rule 4 MLB amateur entry draft. The draft started at 7 P.M. and by the end of the night, the first round and first supplemental round saw their conclusion. The Pirates had two picks out of the first 60 selections that were made yesterday, number #8 overall and #45 overall. The first pick was the Pirates natural selection in the first round due to last year's record while the second pick was compensation for losing Ryan Doumit to the Twins. With that #8 selection, the Pirates picked Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. The #45 selection was used to nab Texas Tech outfielder Barrett Barnes.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
#1 - Houston Astros
School: San Francisco
Throws: R; Bats: R
Measurables: 6'3, 210
The Astros are going through a transition time. They have a new general manager and will be moving from the National League Central to the American League East. Luckily, they have the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft to help restock an improving farm system. Unlike some years – notably 2009 and 2010 – there is no clear best player in this year’s draft. With the door wide open, pitcher Kyle Zimmer has all the qualifications to step through that opening. Standing at 6’4 and weighing 220 lbs, Zimmer has prototypical size. Zimmer is also an excellent athlete. On the mound, Zimmer can bring premium heat, with a fastball that sits in the mid 90’s and can touch 99. A curveball that is almost as good compliments the heater and Zimmer rounds out his arsenal with a potential plus changeup. As a total product, Zimmer offers a very good floor and very good upside, which is a good combination to procure with the #1 overall pick.