Pirates Flashback #3: LHP Mike Gonzalez

Welcome to Pirates Flashback, a weekly look back at some of the best players of the worst teams in Pirates’ history.

Today’s player is Mike Gonzalez, who pitched for the Pirates from 2003-2006.

BEFORE THE BUCS

Gonzalez was drafted in the 16th round of the 1996 draft by the Pirates. Though he cracked the majors with Pittsburgh, he was briefly traded out of the farm system. On July 22, 2003, he was traded with Scott Sauerbeck to the Red Sox for Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez. Nine days later, fearing the worst for Lyon’s elbow, the Pirates traded the duo back to Boston. They also included pitcher Jeff Suppon for Gonzalez, Freddy Sanchez and cash.

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Hurdle Getting Questioned for Bullpen Decison

Last night’s 9-5 loss to Chicago is one of those games that could sting and linger for awhile.

The Pirates were three outs away from an impressive come from behind win before the bullpen and in particular Juan Nicasio blew the game.

Blown saves are always tough but last nights included circumstances that have Pirate fans calling for the head of Clint Hurdle.

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Perrotto: Pirates Should Have Never Hesitated In Extending Huntington, Hurdle

Ken Rosenthal reported last weekend that the Pirates have decided to grant extensions to general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle, whose contracts are set to expire at the end of the season.

The Pirates haven’t announced it yet and it’s hard to tell when they will. They always seem to enjoy being secretive over such matters.

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Recapping the Pirates 2017 Third Day Draft Picks

The final rounds of the First Year MLB Draft were completed Wednesday. The Pirates took a selection of players from universities, colleges and high schools in the final day. Here is what you need to know about them.

ROUND 11 (328): Alex Manasa, RHP Jackson CC

Manasa proved to be a reliable two way player as a freshman in 2017. As an outfielder, he hit .410 with 16 doubles, three triples and three home runs over 183 at-bats. As a pitcher, he struck out 31 over 21.1 innings for a 1.27 ERA.

ROUND 12 (358): Hunter Wolfe, SS Walters State CC

Wolfe was a part of the 2017 University of Tennessee recruitment class and has three years of eligibility remaining. He lead Walters State with 19 stolen bases in 2016, hitting .393 with eight home runs.

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Recapping the Pirates 2017 Second Day Draft Picks

Rounds 3-10 of the First Year MLB Draft were completed Tuesday. The Pirates took seven collegiate players out of the eight picks. Here is what you need to know about them.

ROUND 3 (88): Dylan Busby, INF Florida State University

Busby is the 129th best prospect according to Baseball America, and the 185th to MLB.com. Fangraphs ranked him 82nd among college players using the KATOH projection system.

The righty corner infielder is currently hitting .315 with 20 doubles, 14 home runs and 62 RBI in 60 games as a junior. As a sophomore, he lead the team in slugging percentage at a .597 clip. Baseball America ranked him as the fourth best prospect in the Cape Cod League last season.

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Recapping the Pirates 2017 First Day Draft Picks

The first two rounds of the First Year MLB Draft were completed Monday. The Pirates took four high school players with their first four picks. Here is what you need to know about them.

First Round (12): Shane Baz, RHP Concordia Lutheran HS, Tomball, Texas

Baz was ranked as the 11th-best prospect overall according to Baseball America (BA), including the second best fastball among high school pitchers. MLB.com ranked him as the 12th best prospect. He was named First-Team All-District as a senior, going 6-2 with a 0.93 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

At just 17 years old, his heater consistently reaches the low 90s and has topped out at 98 MPH. He also has a curveball, cutter and slider- which all project to be potential plus pitches- and a changeup he is still trying to get a feel for, according to BA and Perfect Game (PG). PG’s scouting report says he has the athleticism, but his fastball command will be his greatest obstacle.

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