Bucs take Stetson Allie in second round

Wow. Neal Huntington is going balls to the wall with this year’s draft. Allie is another high school pitcher who throws in the high 90′s. He is reportedly looking for a bonus in the $3 million range. For a point of reference, check out these two tweets from Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus:

#Pirates took Stetson Allie . . . MIND BLOWN.

If the #Pirates sign Allie, this has the POTENTIAL to be a franchise-changing two days.

In order to sign both Jameson Taillon and Allie, the Pirates will likely have to spend something like $9 million. I’m not sure what to think right now. I sure hope the Bucs plan on signing more than two guys from this draft.

Third Round: In the third round, the Pirates were more reasonable, drafting toolsy junior college outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. Rojas is a switch-hitter, who projects as a good defender with a questionable bat. Baseball America ranked him 135th, saying the following:

Some scouts see Mel’s son as a five-tool athlete, others think he’s a tweener.

Fourth Round: The Bucs took yet another high school pitcher in the fourth round, right-handed Nick Kingham out of Las Vegas. Kingham has a smooth delivery and his fastball sits in the low 90′s. He also throws a solid change-up, and a curve that needs work. BA had him ranked 186th overall, 4th in Nevada.

Fifth Round: Tyler Waldron, a right-handed college pitcher from Oregon, is the fifth round selection. BA ranked him as the 10th best prospect in Oregon. He has shown decent stuff at times, including a fastball in the low nineties, but he has been inconsistent. He may be a slight reach in the fifth round.

Sixth Round: The Bucs select right-handed high school pitcher Jason Hursh in the sixth round. BA ranked him 173rd overall, 24th in Texas. He currently sits 90-92 MPH with his fastball, touching 94 MPH. He is committed to Oklahoma State and will likely require an above-slot bonus to sign. Andy Seiler of MLB Bonus Baby says:

Great pick. Late riser.

Seventh Round: The Pirates take another right-handed high school Texas pitcher in the seventh round, Austin Kubitza . Kubitza was ranked 153rd by BA, 21st in Texas. He is tall and projectable, with the potential for a plus fastball and elite slider down the road. He will also require an above-slot bonus, due to a commitment to Rice.

Eighth Round: Dace Kime is the pick in round eight. He is another projectable, right-handed high school pitcher. BA ranked him 14th in Ohio. His fastball sits around 90 MPH with inconsistent command. He also throws a solid curve and change. He is another tough sign, with a commitment to Louisville.

Ninth Round: Brandon Cumpton, RHP out of Georgia Tech. BA ranked him 23rd in a good Georgia group.

Tenth Round: Zachary Weiss, high school RHP from California. Yes, another right-handed pitcher. The Bucs have only drafted one position player in the first ten rounds. BA ranked Weiss 132nd overall and 28th in California. He is a UCLA recruit that will require an above-slot bonus. He has the potential for an above average curveball and his fastball sits in the low 90′s.

UPDATE (1:55 PM): The draft is in a ten-minute intermission right now, and I am going to follow suit and find something to eat. I will probably share some thoughts on my Twitter feed, if the Pirates do something crazy and draft a position player at some point.

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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