Amateur Draft Analysis – Rounds 6-10

6. Matt Foust, RHP, Nebraska
- Foust, despite being a college junior, had thrown only 12.2 innings for the ‘Huskers before the 2007 season. Foust redshirted in 2004 following shoulder surgery, but barely took the field in ’05 and ’06 due to poor conditioning. Foust got himself in shape prior to the 2007 season, dropping 20 pounds to a more reasonable 225 on his 6-3 frame. Foust throws an 90-94 MPH fastball as well as a hard slider that sits in the mid-80′s. Foust’s fastball is described as “true” (meaning it’s fairly straight) and PG Crosschecker notes that Foust’s slider can flatten out when he drops his elbow lower than normal from his three-quarters delivery. Foust is said to project better as a reliever. Foust posted a 4.02 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 32 walks in 65 innings.
7. Juan Garcia, C, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
- Garcia is abnormally fast for a catcher (6.5 in the 60-yard dash, 4.1 seconds down the first base line, according to PG Crosschecker.) Garcia uses that athleticism behind the plate, as he is fast out of the crouch and gets rid of the ball quickly. At 5-10, 180 pounds, Garcia would not appear to project as a power threat. PG Crosschecker calls Garcia a “slashing hitter”, though they also note that he has been showing scouts more power than expected this spring.
8. Maurice Bankston, RHP, Texarkana (Texas) CC
- Bankston is a 6-4, 190 pound Junior College sophomore that offers a good deal of projection. Bankston’s fastball sits in the 91-93 MPH range, and his curveball has been showing signs of improvement as well, though PG Crosschecker says Bankston’s breaking ball and command “aren’t considered average yet.”
9. Tony Watson, LHP, Nebraska
- The second Cornhusker pitcher selected by the Pirates, Watson was a draft-eligible sophomore in 2006 who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round. Watson turned down a six-figure bonus to return to Nebraska, and has seen his stuff take a step back. The 6-4, 220 pound Watson does not have the power repetoire that his frame would suggest. Watson’s fastball sits at 86-88 MPH (down a tick or two from ’06), though he spots the pitch well. Watson’s best pitch is his changeup, and he also throws a fringe-average slider. Watson has an injury history, having torn his labrum before he reached college. Watson posted a 4.09 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 30 walks in 99 innings.
10. Sean Giblin, RHP, Pearl River HS (NY)
- Giblin is a 6-3, 200 pounder with a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island. Giblin’s fastball has been clocked at 93 MPH (according to Lower Hudson Online.) Giblin’s projectable frame gives hope that he can add a tick or two to his fastball and improve the command ofhis 12-to-6 curveball.
Late Round Picks of Note
20. Brian Tracy, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
- Jim Tracy’s son. This would appear to be a favor pick, as Tracy was not ranked among the top 160 players in the state of California by PG Crosschecker, and he posted a 5.03 ERA with more walks (38) than strikeouts (26) in 53.2 innings.
28. Matt Clark, 3B, Riverside CC (CA)
- Clark began his collegiate career at UC Santa Barbara, but transferred after one season as a part-time player. Clark has a smooth lefthanded stroke with good bat speed and power. At 6-5, 230 pounds, Clark has below average speed and range, and will more than likely have to shift across the diamond to first base. As is the case with all first baseman, Clark will have to rake to be considered a legitimate prospect.
43. Cameron Rupp, C, Prestonwood Christian Academy (TX)
- Rupp (6-3, 230 pounds) is a very intriguing late-round selection, possessing very good raw power, bat speed, arm strength, and athleticism. However, Rupp is a raw receiver, and some scouts question if he’ll be able to make use of his power, as Rupp can be jammed by mediocre fastballs. Rupp is a Texas Longhorns recruit, and is considered a tough sign.
47. Robbie Broach, RHP, Archbishop Rummel HS (LA)
- Broach (6-1, 195 pounds) possesses an 87-90 MPH fastball with a curveball that can be a plus pitch at times. Broach’s frame does not lend itself to projectability, so it seems unlikely that he will add additional velocity to his fastball. Broach’s delivery looks somewhat violent, and would be considered “max-effort.” Broach’s stuff was inconsistent this spring, which PG crosschecker attributes to his playing third base when he didn’t pitch. Broach has a strong commitment to Tulane, and would require a significant bonus to sign.

Author: Matt Bandi

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.

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  • http://mvn.com/mlb-pirates/ Randy

    Based on Dave’s description of the club’s sixth round pick, is it too early to dub Foust with the nickname “Little Jimmy Anderson”? Poor conditioning? Good grief, he sounds like he lacks discipline.

  • don longley

    Great article, i was very unimpressed with the Pirates draft. What are your overall thoughts on the Pirates draft. I feel we missed and missed big on our first round pick, what do you think?

  • http://pittsburghpiratescove.blogspot.com/ David Golebiewski

    I posted an article a few days ago with my thoughts on the Moskos selection, but I basically feel that there were better talents still available. Moskos isn’t a dud, but it just seems like an unimaginative, short-sighted decision to draft a reliever with the fourth overall selection in the draft. Teams should be looking for impact talent with a top 5 selection, and I don’t think Moskos fits that description.
    Overall, I feel that the team continues to focus too much on college players with somewhat limited upsides; the chance of a player like Brian Firday reaching the majors is good, but is he going to be an asset once he gets here? The chances of the Pirates receiving SOMETHING from guys like Welker(2nd round), Friday(3rd), and Walker(5th) is decent, but what good are utility players and back-of-the-rotation starters if your team can’t develop its own impact talent? That should be the goal of your player development staff, not finding the next Tony Graffanino or Shawn Chacon.

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  • piratecad

    This totally stinks but it is what it is.  We now MUST hit on the majority of round 1, 1a and 2 picks.  These are going to be 3 of the top 100 baseball players in the country every year.  If we get a Josh Bell talent who will sign in round 1, Alex Dickerson in the small market lottery round and Clay Holmes in round 2 we will be ok.  It does stink but we can survive.

  • piratemike

    Since the Pirates can’t do a lot of overslot spending isn’t it easier for top HS prospects to pick their teams by just telling teams like the Pirates not to pick them and let teams they would rather play for  know that they would sign with them if chosen ? Before the Pirates could at least throw a lot of money at them now they’ve lost that chip.

  • jclorley

    I honestly think the biggest problem with this type of slotting system is that it’s driving the multi-sport athletes away from baseball because they can get a bigger payday in other sports.  A guy like Bubba Starling from this past draft could’ve eventually been a first rd. pick in the NFL at QB cashing in on a HUGE payday but considered baseball for the guaranteed early paycheck.  Any player chasing that big early payday will most likely now play college football and wait for it instead.

  • TonyPenaforHOF

    What irks me the most is the fact the Pirates voted in favor of this. At least they could have stood up for themselves and voted no.

    • leadoff

      It would be nice if some reporter somewhere would have asked the Pirates why they voted for this system, there has to be more to it, the Pirates are not a bunch of dummies.
      IMO, the Pirates are likely to have a lot more Tony Sanchez type drafts.

      In reality the Pirates farm system is getting higher rankings these days because of the N0. 1 and NO. 2 picks that they have made, those picks will still be there and they are the slots that you get the impact players from most of the time. They will be able to get and impact draft pick every year if they draft right. They had their chances up to 2007 and they would not pay for the better picks that they could have gotten.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3G6S3MLR7RKSHPBY62TA5KKR4A michael

    the only bright spot is that the Bucs made the most of the old system while they could.

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  • truthcipher

    Great article – Very informative and well written.  Thank you.