Now that the Pirates have made Jameson Taillon the second overall pick in the MLB draft, it is time to look forward to round two. Several interesting players will be available when the Bucs make their selection a little after noon.
Here are a few options, all of which would be fine by me:
Prep pitcher Stetson Allie is the sexiest player still available. His pure stuff is second only to Taillon in the draft, although Allie’s command and consistency does not compare with that of Taillon. He has an explosive fastball with velocity in the upper nineties, along with an above average slider. Due to a tendency to falter after a few innings, some scouts feel he would be better suited as a reliever. The sky is the limit for Allie, but his floor is awfully low. Neal Huntington may opt for a safer pick here, due to the risk already involved with Taillon. Allie would require fairly significant money to sign.
Austin Wilson is a toolsy high school outfielder with a commitment to Stanford. ...
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.