Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 2002

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player.

Bryan Bullington received a $4,000,000 signing bonus.

The Pirates selected Bullington with the first overall pick, rather than taking the consensus top prospect, B.J. Upton. Upton was drafted by the Rays and signed for $600,000 more than Bullington.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

    I understand the concern that he’s not hitting for power, but this is what he’s doing right now.  There’s absolutely no reason to have concern for the way he’s playing right now.  Is he going to finish 162 games and hit .401?  Most likely no.  But what he’s doing now is better than not hitting home runs and only hitting at a .220 clip.

  • ADman2B

     I don’t think any of us would be too disappointed if he finishes with a .381/.435/.429 line.  But, if you say that his .381 average is unsustainable and will likely normalize, shouldn’t you also acknowledge that his walk rate and power numbers will also normalize?

    • Kevin_Creagh

      I did mention that his career ISO was .178 and it will normalize.  I also referenced his walk rate was just over half his career rate.