For the first time since 1994, the Pirates have had 2 winning months in the same season.

April – 11-10
May – 11-18
June – 14-13

Here’s to keeping things going in July!

The Pirates have made 2 more big moves today.

Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett to the Washington Nationals for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan.

Eric Hinske to the New York Yankees for Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer.

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Over the past few days, the Pirates have continued to sign their 2009 draft picks, and they now have a total of 12 signings.

1st Rounder, Tony Sanchez signed, and he has been playing for State College.
1st Round Supplemental Pick, Victor Black signed, and he will be assigned to State College.
2nd Rounder, Brooks Pounders signed, and he will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League.
9th Rounder, Brock Holt signed, and he will be assigned to State College.
11th Rounder, Aaron Baker signed.
21st Rounder, Philip Irwin signed.
23rd Round – Jose Hernandez signed and has been playing for State College.
24th Round – Jason Erickson signed and has been playing for State College.
30th Round – Ty Summerlin signed and has been playing for State College.
33rd Round – Patrick Irvine signed and has been playing for State College.
42nd Round – Marc Baca signed and has been playing for State College.
43rd Rounder, Ed Fallon signed.

Also of note, the Pirates 2008 1st round draft pick, Pedro Alvarez, has been promoted to AA-Altoona. He will make his AA debut on Tuesday night. Dustin Molleken, Michael Dubee, and Miles Durham will join Alvarez in Altoona.

Brad Lincoln was promoted to AAA-Indianapolis.

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60 Games In.

We’re 28-32, which isn’t that bad… but it’s clear where we’re having our problems.

1-2 vs. American League
13-7 vs. NL East
10-21 vs. NL Central
4-2 vs. NL West

We need to figure out our division…. fast!

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Rounds 31 through 50 of the 2009 draft are scheduled for today.

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Round 31 – #925 – Zachary Taylor – RF – Statesboro HS
Round 32 – #955 – Niko Spezial – LHP – Don Bosco Prep HS
Round 33 – #985 – Pat Irvine – LF – Elon
Round 34 – #1015 – Zachary Fuesser – Walters State CC
Round 35 – #1045 – Christopher McKezie – RHP – San Jacinto Col North
Round 36 – #1075 – Robert Doran – RHP – Seward County CC
Round 37 – #1105 – Zachary Nuding – RHP – Weatherford Col
Round 38 – #1135 – Jacob Lamb – 3B – Bishop Blanchet HS
Round 39 – #1165 – Keifer Nuncio – RHP – Katy HS
Round 40 – #1195 – Brett Lee – LHP – West Florida HS of Advanced Technology
Round 41 – #1225 – Tyler Cannon – SS – Virginia
Round 42 – #1255 – Marc Baca – RHP – Nevada Las Vegas
Round 43 – #1285 – Edward Fallon – RHP – South Carolina Upstate
Round 44 – #1315 – Dexter Bobo – LHP – Georgia Southern
Round 45 – #1345 – Kevin Gelinas – LHP – Central Arizona
Round 46 – #1375 – Parker Bangs – RHP – South Carolina
Round 47 – #1405 – Justin Earls – LHP – Georgia
Round 48 – #1435 – Blake Brown – LF – Normal West HS
Round 49 – #1465 – Yasser Clor – RHP – UC Berkeley
Round 50 – #1495 – Matthew Taylor – LHP – Columbus HS

Rounds 4 through 30 of the 2009 draft are scheduled for today.

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Round 4 – #115 – Zackry Dodson – LHP – Medina Valley HS
Round 5 – #145 – Nathaniel Baker – LHP – Mississippi
Round 6 – #175 – Zachary Von Rosenberg – RHP – Zachary HS
Round 7 – #205 – Trent Stevenson – RHP – Brophy Jesuit Prep School
Round 8 – #235 – Billy Cain – LHP – Waxahachie HS
Round 9 – #265 – Brock Holt – 2B – Rice
Round 10 – #295 – Joseph Schoenfeld – C – Santiago HS
Round 11 – #325 – Aaron Baker – 1B – Oklahoma
Round 12 – #355 – Jeffrey Inman – RHP – Stanford
Round 13 – #385 – John Gourley – SS – Eastern Wayne HS
Round 14 – #415 – Marcos Reyna – RHP – Bakersfield College
Round 15 – #445 – Peter Bako – C – Connors St College
Round 16 – #475 – Matthew Den Dekker – CF – Florida
Round 17 – #505 – Jordan Cooper – RHP – Shelbyville Central HS
Round 18 – #535 – Ryan Beckman – RHP – Grayson County College
Round 19 – #565 – Joshua Urban – RHP – Dripping Springs HS
Round 20 – #595 – Sam Spangler – LHP – Hawaii
Round 21 – #625 – Phillip Irwin – RHP – Mississippi
Round 22 – #655 – Carmine Giardina – LHP – Tampa
Round 23 – #685 – Jose Hernandez – LF – Texas San Antonio
Round 24 – #715 – Jason Erickson – RHP – Washington
Round 25 – #745 – Aaron LaFountaine – OF – John W North HS
Round 26 – #775 – Matthew Dermody – LHP – Norwalk HS
Round 27 – #805 – Paul Luquette – C – Isidore Newman School
Round 28 – #835 – Kyle Hooper – RHP – Saugus HS
Round 29 – #865 – Michael Heller – RHP – Cardinal Mooney School
Round 30 – #895 – Ty Summerlin – SS – Southeastern Louisiana

It doesn’t yet have the same appeal as the NFL draft, but the MLB is taking steps to make their draft more and more interesting.

The 3 day event starts tonight at 6:00 P.M. EST when the Washington Nationals go on the clock.

The MLB Network will be televising the entire first round, and all rounds will be simulcast live on mlb.com.

The draft could pan out a million different ways, but there are 2 things that you can count on.

1) Washington Nationals select Stephen Strasburg. This pitcher from San Diego State has been the talk of the draft class. He should go #1.

2) Seattle Mariners select Dustin Ackley. This 1B/OF seems like the clear choice at #2.

The Pirates pick 4th. There are lots of possibilities for where the Bucs will go with this pick, including: Tony Sanchez (C – Boston College), Aaron Crow (P – Fort Worth Cats), Alex White (P – North Carolina), and Zach Wheeler (P – East Paulding H.S.).

I’m guessing that the Bucs first round pick will be a pitcher. We’ll find out closer to 6:45 tonight.

The Pirates also get the 49th pick. This is a compensatory first round pick, for unsigned 2008 No. 48 overall pick Tanner Scheppers.

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Draft Update

Round 1 – Pick #4 – Jorge (Tony) Sanchez – C – Boston College
Compensatory Round A – Pick #49 – Victor Black – RHP – Dallas Baptist U
Round 2 – Pick #53 – Brooks Pounders – RHP – Temecula Valley H.S.
Round 3 – Pick #84 – Evan Chambers – CF – Hillsborough CC

After seeing two uncharacteristically poor outings from Matt Capps, it’s not entirely surprising to hear that he will miss several games with a bruised bone in his right elbow.

Apparently Capps first felt soreness as he was taking off his shirt after his loss to the Brewers on Monday.

Luckily, no major damage was found. Hopefully this string on injuries ends soon.

On a bright note, Jack Wilson is feeling great. If all goes well, he will play a AAA rehab game on Saturday.

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PIRATES ASTROS

From www.cbssportsline.com.

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15 games should be enough to pick your All Star team, right?

MLB released the ballot, so why not?… let’s vote!

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