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PHOENIX — MLB has released the 2012 draft order. The Pirates have the eighth overall pick in the first round — their latest opening-round selection since 2005, when they nabbed Andrew McCutchen with the 11th pick. In each of the past six years, the club owned one of the first four picks.

The Pirates also will get the 45th overall pick as compensation for losing free agent Ryan Doumit, the 69th pick (second round), the 103rd pick (third round) and the 136th pick (fourth round). The draft will begin at 7 p.m. June 4

The Houston Astros got a comp pick at No. 41 because the Pirates signed free agent Clint Barmes. The Los Angeles Dodgers will choose at No. 51 as compensation for the Pirates’ signing of Rod Barajas. Four teams — the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Red Sox and Brewers — have two first-round picks. The Cardinals will make five of the first 59 selections.

»»» Before the game yesterday, manager Clint Hurdle gushed about how Chase Field is a hitter-friendly park. That didn’t help the Pirates, though, who collected just six hits in a 5-1 loss. Perhaps this explains it: Since the start of the 2006 season, the D’backs are 15-5 (.750) against the Pirates at Chase Field. That’s their best home record against any NL team in that timeframe. Consider, too, that the D’backs have won 27 of their past 31 games at Chase Field, dating back to last season and including a pair of playoff victories.


»»» D’Backs OF Justin Upton is getting MRI on jammed thumb and might go on the DL. Chris Young is in center field tonight for Arizona.

»»» RHP A.J. Burnett will arrive at Chase Field later tonight. He will throw a side tomorrow in front of pitching coach Ray Searage, then fly back to Pittsburgh with the team. Burnett will make his fourth rehab start Saturday with Double-A Altoona. “One more start and then we’ll go from there, barring any setbacks,” manager Clint Hurdle said. Burnett seems likely to make his Pirates debut on the road against Atlanta. Monday, Burnett pitched for Triple-A Indianapolis and allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked four, struck out none and gave up two homers, including a solo shot by ex-Bucco Brad “Big Country” Eldred.

Game 11: Pirates @ Arizona, 9:40 p.m. ET

Pirates (3-7): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Nate McLouth rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Garrett Jones 1b, 6. Rod Barajas c, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (0-1, 3.27)

Diamondbacks (7-3): 1. Willie Bloomquist ss, 2. Gerardo Parra lf, 3. Chris Young cf, 4. Miguel Montero c, 5. Jason Kubel rf, 6. Ryan Roberts 3b, 7. Lyle Overbay 1b, 8. Aaron Hill 2b, 9. Ian Kennedy rhp (2-0, 2.84)



  1. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Should get a decent pick at #8. How about someone that can hit and make the big club in 2-3 years.

    So what Hurdle means is Chase Field is a great hitters park for the DBacks?!

    Tough, tough schedule for the Buccos right now.

  2. Paul says:

    The Astros got a comp pick for the signing of Barmes????? Wow! Talk about adding insult to injury.

  3. Mario Lopez says:

    #Pirates already working on getting #1 pick in 2013 start that “5 year plan over again” last years early season success was small step forward
    late season COLLAPSE & start to this season 2 steps back as usual
    can’t wait to hear Bob do Nutting rant & rave & blame NH FC etc… Best front office n sports, yeah keep telling yourself that Bob
    just put in movie “Groundhog Day” same Bleep different day, season etc
    Hitting has regressed by leaps & bounds just bad awful

  4. Employee#8 says:

    Whoever is picked in the 8th spot will instantly become the #1 prospect, just like each draft under Great Deal Neal. Then they will sit and regress in the low minors until their mid-20s.

  5. Bill Maloni says:

    I wish it wasn’t so, but everything about the Bucs, from ownership through management through players, reeks of “marginal.”

    Only hope is MLB tires of the “Bobby Nutting Act” and forces him to sell to somebody who knows how to run a major leageu opeartion and is willing to spend to win.

    Another week or so of the “Punch and Judy” batting attack will begin to see inflated ERA and PO’d pitchers. Thank God, St. Vincent’s soon will be in sight.

  6. Mike Kuhn says:

    I’m still holding out hope for the Nutting administration here. They spent more than any other team in signing draft picks the last two years. Granted, most of those guys were pitchers.

    Pedro Alvarez was our big hope with the bat. He seems to be getting worse as time goes by. Why not send him to the minors until he figures it out? Really, the big problem is there is no player you can count on to hit more than 20 homers or hit 300.

  7. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I hope whoever the pick is takes over the #1 slot. If they can trump Taillion and Cole, that would be great, those 2 are going to be dominant.

  8. Chuck H. says:

    We all know it, the Pirates, in the last 5 or so years, have not had a go to guy as a starting pitcher. Not one who could stop a losing streak. They are all afraid when they are pitching, that if they make one mistake, they will be the losing pitcher because of no .run support from the hitters. It’s really sad to hear that we are last in about every offensive category there is. You know why–because the owners will not spend money to acquire a good hitter or two, and the fact that they sent down Matt Hague when they should have sent down Pedro Alverez. Right now, he is an automatic out, probably a strikeout. There, I have said my peace.

  9. BobHawaii says:

    They need to find the best hitter they can, regardless of position.

  10. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    A hitting SS would be swell.

  11. cosmo says:

    a bat. that’s not NH’s way. Got to get a power arm in the first round.

  12. AJ says:

    All of you do realize we are a little under 7% of the way through the season

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