2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 3/12

When looking at draft prospects you want to find a balance between potential and current results. It’s always nice to see players with talent putting up strong numbers. However, you’re drafting for future performances, and not the results a player put up in his junior year in college.

The Pirates pick eighth overall, and I’ve talked a bit in the past about how there aren’t really many exciting choices at the eighth spot. That could change throughout the season. A lot of that could change just by seeing players in the six through ten spots having good seasons.

Take Kevin Gausman, for example. He throws 92-96 MPH, and could add velocity due to his projectable frame. He has the potential for three plus pitches and he’s draft eligible as a college sophomore. He has the potential to be a top of the rotation starter one day. But what separates him from Chris Beck, who is ranked close to Gausman in most of the early season rankings? Beck also has the potential for three plus pitches, throws 91-94, and touches 96.

One thing that is separating them is their performance this year. Beck has struggled, with a 4.33 ERA, along with an 8.7 K/9, a 4.3 BB/9, and a 1.3 HR/9 ratio. Meanwhile, Gausman has dominated, with a 1.32 ERA, plus a 10.2 K/9, a 15.5 K/BB ratio, and no homers in 27.1 innings pitched.

It could be a situation where we’re just spoiled. One of the few benefits of the Pirates being so bad over the last few years is that it has afforded the team the opportunity to draft Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole. These are guys who rank as two of the top pitching prospects in the game. No prospect is guaranteed, but you’d feel better about calling Taillon and Cole future aces than you would Beck and Gausman.

There’s a lot of teams who would probably place a guy like Gausman at the top of their pitching ranks. For the Pirates he would easily be third or fourth best, depending on how you feel about Luis Heredia’s risk/upside scale.

Perhaps that should change our perspective on the draft. Gausman is a good prospect. Beck is a good prospect. But we’re used to getting guys who are ranked in the top three, and who are good bets to end up as top of the rotation starters, which makes those good pitching prospects look a little less desirable.

STATS

Mark Appel - 9.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, 0 HR, ND (2-1)

Chris Beck - 8.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, L (2-2)

Kevin Gausman - 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 0 HR, W (4-0)

Deven Marrero - 3-for-14 (.214), 1 R, 1 2B, 2 SB, 1 K, 0 BB

Mike Zunino - 7-for-18 (.389), 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 5 K, 0 BB

Trey Williams – No Games

NOTES

-Deven Marrero missed the mid-week game for Arizona State, but returned from an ankle injury for the weekend schedule.

-Trey Williams was off this last week.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

-Mike Zunino and Florida play two games this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

-Deven Marrero and Arizona State play a two game series this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

-Trey Williams and Valencia high school resume their schedule on Wednesday.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/9-3/11

Next Story »

Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/16-3/18

Latest Analysis

  • Alen Hanson f

    Pirates Talk With David Todd: Hanson, Ramirez, Taillon, Kingham, Richard, Worley

    8 hours ago

    I was on 970 ESPN in Pittsburgh this afternoon for my weekly segment with David Todd. The podcast can be heard below. Here is a summary of ...

    Read More
  • Billy Roth is the top prospect in Bristol this year.

    Another Projectable Prep Pitcher Sees An Increase in His Velocity

    14 hours ago

    When discussing the best Pittsburgh Pirates draft under Neal Huntington, the 2011 group has to be at the top of the list. It features Gerrit Cole, Tyler ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero

    Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles After Today’s Cuts

    2 days ago

    With less than a week remaining in camp, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts this morning, sending three relievers to minor league camp, including ...

    Read More
  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    3 days ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    5 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    6 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    7 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    1 week ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    2 weeks ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More