Scott Boras talked to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the Pirates' controversial military training regiment for minor leaguers and the Bucs' failure to sign right-hander Mark Appel, who the Pirates chose with the eighth overall selection in last year's amateur draft. Boras believes the Pirates erred by not informing he and Appel about the pick beforehand: "There was no communication with us (before the draft). We would’ve been happy to have given them an advance (notice) that they could’ve used their pick in (another) way. We certainly would’ve let them know we didn’t have a fit there."
How embarrassing this is. The best player in last years draft pretty much telling the Pirates to bugger off. It will be fun to see what happens when the Flubs choose Appel next year.
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That would be like the Penguins calling Yakupov just in case a whole ****load of teams pass on him. Nobody expected Appel to fall to 8 and the Pirates, like any team, interviewed guys that they expected to have an actual shot of drafting.
It's no surprise it didn't work out in the end, but the Pirates really didn't lose much by taking a chance. The thing that bugged me more than anything about the whole situation was that Appel tried to pass off his not signing as a religious thing.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick