The Pirates’ Twitter account announced today that they have signed their 3rd round pick from the 2011 Draft in 1B Alex Dickerson. Dickerson is the 17th player signed from this draft and is the highest pick to sign.
Dickerson was rated as the 42nd best prospect heading into the 2011 draft and surprisingly fell all the way to the Pirates in the 3rd round. As a sophomore at Indiana University in 2010, he won the Big Ten Triple Crown and was named a 1st team All-American.
This year, as a junior, he hit .367 with 9 homers, which was quite a drop off from his .419 AVG with 24 homers his junior season. He was troubled by injuries for the majority of the season, though.
Dickerson has plus power and very well could rank as the Pirates’ top power hitter in the Minors as soon as he puts on a jersey for State College, where he will begin his pro career.
Alex Dickerson’s signing bonus is $380,700, which marks the highest bonus the Pirates have paid out in this draft so far.
Rob Biertempfel of the Trib tweets that the Pirates have optioned LHP Daniel Moskos to AAA-Indianapolis. Joe Beimel will be activated from the disabled list and take his spot on the roster for Friday’s game.
Moskos is currently 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA, however he really has not done a good job against left handers this season as they are posting a .955 OPS against the southpaw. That isn’t want you want out a LOOGY. He’ll head to AAA and get some more work in. You definitely have not seen the last of him this season.
Beimel, who went on the disabled list following his May 27th appearance will be activated and look to perform better than he did before his injury. In 13.1 innings over 18 appearances, he was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He did his job against lefties, though, holding them to a .511 OPS.
2B Brock Holt became the second Pirates’ prospect to be named the MVP of his league’s all-star game Wednesday night as he started the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning of the AA-Eastern League All-Star Game. Holt would finish the evening 1 for 2.
Starling Marte started in CF for the Western All-Stars and hit 2nd in the lineup. Marte ended up going 0 for 2 with a strikeout. It was Marte’s 2nd All-Star game this week after playing in the MLB Futures Game in Phoenix on Sunday.
LHP Jeff Locke pitched a scoreless 4th inning and RHP Aaron Pribinac pitched 2/3 scoreless and actually picked up the win in relief.
The other Pirate prospect to win an ASG MVP award this season was 1B Aaron Baker, who like Holt, went 1 for 2 with a 2-run homer in the Florida State League All-Star Game last month.
Holt is the 4th Altoona Curve player to win the EL ASG MVP award. The most recent Curve to win it was Chase d’Arnaud last season.
The Pirates announced today that they have signed their 8th round pick of the 2011 Draft in RHP Jason Creasy. Creasy went 7-1 with a 1.43 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 49 innings as a senior at Clayton High School in North Carolina.
Here’s what WTM at Pirates’ Prospects has to say on Creasy:
Creasy has a projectable frame, but so far only throws in the upper 80s, touching 90 MPH. He has good mechanics, with loose arm action that projects for added velocity going forward. He keeps his fastball down in the zone, and also throws a curveball. He was the #40 prospect out of North Carolina and had a commitment to NC State.
Creasy is the 16th player the Pirates’ have signed out of this year’s draft and the 4th of the Pirates’ top 10 picks.
Creasy’s signing bonus was $250,000, which is the highest of any 8th round draft pick up to this point.