Since its a slow time in pirates news this time a year, and i find myself constantly checking this site only to see fan posts from pirates 21 and even meek, i figured i would post some info i learned on Anothony Rendon today....
Today at work i spotted a patient wearing an MLB.com fleece and talking about spring training to a front desk employee so i started to ask him if he worked for the pirates. He said no that he was a reporter/writer for MLB.com and covers the draft and the minor leagues. So of course i picked his brain and checked his credentials, turns out he wasnt lieing but i cant say his name for HIPPA violations.
Anyway, he follows propects close, also interviews GMs around the league and does alot with the draft coverage. And living in pittsburgh he knows Neal H pretty well. So of course we started talking buccos, and i asked him about Neal H and blah blah blah, but the interesting part was i told him how most of the fanbase is excited about drafting Rendon and he told me some interesting things. Basically He told me Rendon isnt considerd a lock as the number 1 (obviously its only jan 6) but apprently GMs around the league and scouts are really worried about his ankle. I guess this was his second major ankle surgery, and although he wasnt fast to begin with, his speed and mobility has taken a hit, and even if rendon rakes, GMs will be very hesitant because of his ankle injury history. He also told me there is 2 or 3 college arms that scouts and everyone are very very high on and are considered number one options, and that the pirates might take one to help fill out a top of the line roation in a few years when tallion is ready. Obviously there is alot of time for things to happen but hearing this from someone who follows these things for a living was pretty cool.
I know this isnt awesome insider information, but i found it interesting MLB GMs and scouts are pretty skeptical about rendon being the clear cut number 1 choice he has kinda been made out to be, and lets not be surprised if the buccos take a college arm over him in the draft this year.
Also i am going to stay in contact with him and hoepfully get a BUCS DUGOUT NEAL H exclusive interview... hey i can dream cant i?