I headed over to Baseball Think Factory this morning with the idea of comparing the Pirates' current stats to where the ZiPS system projected they would be, but I got sidetracked. (I'm grateful; that would've been another depressing post in a long string of depressing posts.)
What caught my eye was a shadow draft conducted three weeks ago. Mike Emeigh, a fantastic analyst of prospects (and a member of the black and gold nation), went pick by pick, discussing whom the Pirates could have---or should have---taken in each of the first 10 rounds. For what it's worth, Vlad tooled around with this concept at Bucs Dugout, too.
I won't steal anyone's thunder by reprinting the selections here, but if you're interested in following the Pirates in a parallel universe, those links are worth a few mi...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.