Monday, June 23, 2008

Not many picks left to sign

From the bottom of today's PG Notebook comes this item:

The Pirates continue to have contract talks with their top two draft picks, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and starter Tanner Scheppers, but it is now looking possible that there will not be many other players signed beyond the 24 already in the fold.
If that's true, that means that a lot of the higher ceiling guys (6th rounder Grossman, 16th rounder Freeman, etc.) don't seem likely to sign.It's fair to note that along with Scheppers, fifth rounder Justin MillerWilson hasn't signed either, which might mean that we won't hear anything about either of them until Fresno State is done in the CWS. I've seen Miller pitch quite a bit in his two appearances against UNC and I haven't been all that impressed with him (he had a rough start last Tuesday and gave up what turned out to be the game winning homer in relief on Saturday), but it's only two games so it's hard to draw conclusions. Crap. Fresno has a Justin Miller and Justin Wilson, who I've apparently gotten confused. We drafted Justin Wilson, who started on Saturday against the Heels and is wild as hell (6 K, 6 BB in a 5 and 1/3 inning start on Saturday).