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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Jameson Tallon Ready To Pitch Monday

Jun 10, 2017 3:24 PM

Jameson Taillon says he's "100 percent" ready to pitch Monday for the Pirates, should the team call him up for his first start since being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

"Physically, mentally I'm 100 percent. I'm as sharp as I've been all year," Taillon said Saturday. "If anything, I had some time while I was away to work on things that I wanted to get done and sharpen up, so I'm probably in a better spot now than I was before."

Taillon had surgery on May 8 to treat his testicular cancer and since then has made three rehab starts.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury, Misc Rumor

Pirates Remove Tony Watson From Closer Role

Jun 10, 2017 1:14 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a change of heart Friday, announcing that Tony Watson is no longer the team's closer. The role now will be shared by Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio on a situational basis.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Andrew McCutchen States Desire To Remain With Pirates

Jun 8, 2017 7:58 AM

Andrew McCutchen has struggled this season, which has triggered rumors that the Pittsburgh Pirates might look to unload his contract.

Even with a recent streak of good games, McCutchen is slashing just .235/.313/.413. He will become a free agent after the 2018 season.

"I've never thought about anything else," McCutchen said of playing elsewhere. "This is the only uniform that I've ever worn. This is somewhere I want to be. I can't control the business side -- where I am or whatnot. I don't focus on that.

"I just focus on my team. I focus on the guys around me, because the more I try to focus on where I am going to be … 'Am I going to stay here?' -- the more I lose that time with my teammates and friends. … I try not to let my mind go there. I'm focusing on right now. Of course, this is where I want to be."

Bill Ladson/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Gerrit Cole Could Hit Trade Market At Midseason

May 12, 2017 2:34 PM

Rival executives believe the Pittsburgh Pirates could put Gerrit Cole on the trading block this summer.

The New York Yankees may be in the market for pitching and originally drafted Cole out of high school as a late first rounder.

Cole, 26, has a 3.06 ERA, 3.56 FIP and 47 strikeouts in 50 innings.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jameson Taillon Treated For Testicular Cancer

May 9, 2017 8:46 AM

Jameson Taillon underwent surgery Monday morning for suspected testicular cancer.

The right-hander had the surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Taillon consulted with Dr. John C. Lyne over the weekend after altering the Pittsburgh Pirates' medical staff of an abnormality.

The recommended treatment plan for Taillon is pending further testing.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury, Misc Rumor

John Bormann Goes From Class A To Pirates

May 1, 2017 8:21 AM

John Bormann was preparing to play for Class A Bradenton on Sunday morning when he learned he had been called up to make his Major League debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bormann had to make it from Port Charlotte, Florida to Miami. With a Bradenton coach driving, he made the three-hour trip across the state in 2:15.

"I'm thinking, 'Maybe he misspoke. Maybe I'm going to Altoona,'" Bormann, 24, said. "But he said, 'No, we're serious. You're going to Miami.'"

He made his debut in the ninth inning when he pinch-hit and struck out.

"Imagine, when he woke up today, he was going to go on a bus to Port Charlotte, maybe play, maybe not," Clint Hurdle said. "He ends up playing in a major league game. Those types of things in the organization we're aware of."

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Gift Ngoepe Becomes First African-Born Player In MLB

Apr 27, 2017 9:55 AM

Gift Ngoepe made history on Wednesday night as the first African-born player to appear in a Major League game.

Ngoepe had a hit and drew a walk in the Pittsburgh Pirates' win over the Chicago Cubs.

"I thought about where I've come from, making the journey from South Africa to pursue my dream of playing in the major leagues someday," Ngoepe said. "I thought about the struggles of being in the minor leagues for 8½ years and then to finally get up here and get a hit in my first at-bat. The whole thing was just awesome. That's the only word I can think of to describe it. It was awesome."

Clint Hurdle pulled a very early double-switch, bringing Ngoepe, 27, off the bench to play second base in the top of the fourth inning.

"I told myself not to cry, because I'm in the big leagues and I'm a big guy," Ngoepe said. "[Francisco] Cervelli hugged me, and I could feel my heartbeat through my chest. It was emotional, and I had to fight back the tears."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Pirates Looking For Outfield Help

Apr 24, 2017 8:05 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking outside the organization for outfield help as they continue to deal with Starling Marte's steroid suspension.

Pittsburgh promoted Jose Osuna after Marte was suspended 80 games because he tested positive for Nandrolone. Osuna, Adam Frazier and John Jaso have played right field with Andrew McCutchen moving back to center.

"If we felt there was something better internally at this point in time, we'd make that move," Neal Huntington said. "As we sit here today, this is the right 25 for us in our minds."

Huntington reiterated that the team does not plan to promote top outfield prospect Austin Meadows.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Starling Marte Gets 80-Game Suspension For PED Use

Apr 19, 2017 8:57 AM

Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced.

Marte addressed his Pittsburgh Pirates teammates in a closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon, but he did not meet with the news media.

He is eligible to return shortly after the All-Star break, but Marte would not be available to the Pirates should they qualify for the postseason.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Pirates Still Hoping For Jung Ho Kang To Return
Pittsburgh has used David Freese to fill in for Kang at third. He is hitting .344/.488/.594 in 11 games.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Astros, Braves, Pirates Interested In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana continues to be mentioned in trade rumors as Opening Day approaches.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Jung Ho Kang Delayed By Visa Issues Related To DUI Arrest
The Pirates have placed Jung Ho Kang on the restricted list.


Cardinals-Pirates To Play In Williamsport During LLWS
The Pirates will host the Cardinals on Aug. 20, but the game will reportedly be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania during the Little League World Series.

Dejan Kovacevic/DK Pittsburgh Sports

Jung Ho Kang Receives Suspended Sentence In DUI Case
Jung Ho Kang has received an eight-month sentence after admitting guilt in his DUI case, but the sentence has been suspended for two years.

Jee-ho Yoo/Yonhap News

Clubs Still Expressing Trade Interest In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors for much of the offseason and clubs remain interested in the White Sox left-hander.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Pirates Didn't Ask Andrew McCutchen About Moving To Right Field
Andrew McCutchen says the Pirates didn't ask his opinion about moving from center to right field this season.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Pirates Moving McCutchen To Right Field
Starling Marte will play center field and Gregory Polanco will move to left field in 2017.


Agent: Jung Ho Kang To Enter Treatment Program
Jung Ho Kang entering rehab was a recommendation of MLB's Treatment Board.


Pirates, Jordy Mercer Have Discussed Extension
The Pirates and Jordy Mercer have discussed a contract extension, but an agreement isn't imminent.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

White Sox Holding Jose Quintana Trade Talks Daily
The Astros, Pirates and Yankees have all been involved in talks.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Jung Ho Kang May Lose WBC Roster Spot After DUI Arrests
Jung Ho Kang, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence earlier this month in Seoul, is likely losing his spot on South Korea's national team in the World Baseball Classic.


Jays May Have Trade Interest For McCutchen
The Blue Jays are still attempting to address their outfield needs for next season.


Pirates, Ivan Nova Agree To Three-Year, $26M Deal
Ivan Nova returns to the Pirates after going a combined 12-8 with a 4.17 ERA for Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees last season.


Pirates In Mix To Trade For Jose Quintana
The Pirates have "worked hard" to complete a trade with the White Sox for Jose Quintana, according to a report.

Adam Berry/MLB

Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross
Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Mets Looking Into Possible Trade For Center Fielder
Ken Rosenthal described the Mets as being "semi-engaged" in talks for a variety of possibilities.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Pirates Sign Daniel Hudson To Two-Year, $11M Deal
Daniel Hudson might have a path to the closer's role in Pittsburgh after Mark Melancon signed with the Giants.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Gerrit Cole Hasn't Yet Discussed Contract With Pirates
Gerrit Cole, who dealt with a rib injury last spring and then two arm injuries during the season, had a disappointing 2016 season with a 3.88 ERA in 21 starts.

Adam Berry/MLB

Andrew McCutchen Bothered By Trade Talk
Pirates star outfielder Andrew McCutchen says the rampant trade talks did "bother" him.