Lonnie Chisenhall Kicked off College Team; Bucs Want B.K. Kim

A couple more links for a day in which there's finally quite a lot of news flying around.

Via Primer, Pirates 2006 11th round pick Lonnie Chisenhall has been kicked off the University of South Carolina baseball team:

Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall, who was ranked by Baseball America magazine before the season as the top freshman player in the country, and reliever Nick Fuller stole a flat-screen TV, a video game system and DVDs on March 13 while South Carolina students were on spring break, according to arrest warrants...

Fuller was charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of grand larceny, while Chisenhall was charged with one count each of grand larceny and burglary...

Chisenhall, from Newport, N.C., hit .313 with one home run and 13 RBIs while starting in 19 of South Carolina's 20 games. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 11th round last June, but chose to attend college.

Fuller, a right-hander from Marietta, Ga., was drafted in the third round last year by Tampa Bay. He didn't allow a hit or run in five relief innings. He had seven strikeouts and seven walks in his six appearances.

South Carolina is 17-3 this season, and ranks as high as No. 2 in the country in this week's national polls.

For those who don't remember, Chisenhall was a very high-upside pick, but he wasn't considered signable and, lo and behold, he didn't sign.

Also, the Pirates are interested in Rockies pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim:

The Pirates, Marlins, Dodgers and Athletics have interest in Kim, who has a $2.5 million guarantee.

I've always had a soft spot for Kim because of his strikeout rates and because he's fun to watch - his pitches dance all over the place. Even if I didn't, though, he'd be a very nice pitcher to have - he can start or relieve, and I'd much rather have him than B.P. Chacon as a swingman. I don't know what the Pirates would have to offer that the Rockies would want, however.

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