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 Post subject: The New Face Of The Pirates Franchise!!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:27 am 
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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08157/887524-63.stm

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When the Pirates' turn comes in Major League Baseball's draft this afternoon, according to multiple sources, they plan to use their No. 2 overall choice to take Vanderbilt University third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

The path appears clear: The Tampa Bay Rays, the team picking first, have let it be known through the sport's circles that they will pass on Alvarez, preferring either Georgia high school shortstop Tim Beckham or Florida State University catcher Buster Posey.


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 Post subject: Re: The New Face Of The Pirates Franchise!!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:42 am 
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I'd like to see them grab Posey if TB takes Beckham.


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 Post subject: Re: The New Face Of The Pirates Franchise!!!
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When you're the Pirates, you have so many needs, they could use about 2 or 3 more 1st round draft picks to help rebuild

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 Post subject: Re: The New Face Of The Pirates Franchise!!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:13 am 
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IMO, Alvarez and McCutchen is a great start towards building a winning foundation. I have complete faith in Huntington and the boys to select who is best for the organization though and I think we will be able to field a winning team under this current management that we have. There have been a lot of signs for hope down the road IMO.


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 Post subject: Re: The New Face Of The Pirates Franchise!!!
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Can he pitch? :P


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 Post subject: Re: The New Face Of The Pirates Franchise!!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:36 am 
I'll love it if the team drafts Alvarez. But that alone won't make them winners. They need to draft well at every position, deep into the draft. A sure thing prospect isn't always a sure thing. This will be a tremendous pick for the Pirates today but it is hardly a cure-all.


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 Post subject: Re: The New Face Of The Pirates Franchise!!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:53 am 
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Yes Alverez and McCutchon must be the core of this new team.I have faith in management too, because they have an organized plan and put into place a mechanism to get the right players. At least it appears that they know what they're doing.
Agree that the rest of these two days drafting are very important. We need as many talented players as we can get. A Great draft is the start.

We also know that the existing players are not the bases for this winning team. To be sure a few will be needed but almost all will be gone. Therefore, we need to help ourselves by trading away some of our best now. Both Bay and Nady should bring us very good prospects as both can help any contender who is in need of a corner outfielder. Remember it's not about this season it's about building a winner.

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