Analysis

Amateur Draft Analysis – Rounds 2-5

Amateur Draft Analysis – Rounds 2-5

2. Duke Welker, RHP, Arkansas
- Welker is a 6-7, 220 pound righthander with more projection left than the average college pitcher. Welker sits in the low 90's with his fastball, which has some late life to it. Welker's secondary pitches are not considered especially strong. His best is a slider that remains somewhat inconsistent. The Arkansas product also mixes in a curveball and a changeup. Welker posted a 3.59 ERA in 2006, with 80 strikeouts and 39 walks in 97.2 innings. Welker has an injury history, having had labrum surgery on his throwing shoulder as a freshman at Seminole State Junior College. Assuming health, Welker has a chance to develop into a 4th or 5th starter.
3. Brian Friday, SS, Rice
- A three-year starter at Rice, Friday was a sparkplug player for the Owls, possessing very ...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

More in Analysis

Williams: Previewing a Live Upcoming Look at the Pirates Prospects in the AFL

Tim WilliamsOctober 19, 2017

Williams: How I Would Expand and Realign Major League Baseball

Tim WilliamsOctober 18, 2017

Williams: The 2018 West Virginia Roster Could Rebuild the Pirates’ Farm System

Tim WilliamsOctober 18, 2017

Williams: Five Players Who Can Improve the Pirates the Most From Within

Tim WilliamsOctober 16, 2017

Three Young Pitching Prospects Use Instructs to Work Towards a Common Goal for 2018

John DrekerOctober 15, 2017

Williams: The Pirates Have Added More Prospects With Power in the Last Year

Tim WilliamsOctober 12, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects