Ben Badler

Pirates Go For Defense

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The Pirates spent two picks this year on players from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. After taking shortstop Benjie Gonzalez in the seventh round, the Pirates just grabbed center fielder […]

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Blue Jays Gamble On Jimenez

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The Blue Jays get good value in the ninth round, taking catcher Antonio Jimenez from Puerto Rico. Jimenez, who ranked as Baseball America’s No. 200 draft prospect, had a chance […]

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First Two PR Pitchers Off Board

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It looks like Rayan Gonzalez’s drop in velocity last month has hurt his draft stock, dropping him from potentially the top pitcher to be selected to still on the board […]

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Rodriguez First Puerto Rican Off Board

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The Mets are always heavyweights in the international talent market. They should make another splash on July 2 when the international signing period begins, but they already scooped up one […]

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Beckham Aims For Rapid Rise

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Tim Beckham said he knew it was between he and Florida State catcher Buster Posey for the first overall pick. Now that the Rays picked him, Beckham said he expects […]

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Rays Pick In Uncommon Territory

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As John Manuel alluded to earlier, the Rays are in uncommon territory. After "earning" the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft by finishing with the worst record in […]

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