Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/2-3/4

The downside to last week was that Victor Roache was lost for the season, leaving one less player to track. The upside this week is that I found stats for prep third baseman Trey Williams.

Williams plays for Valencia High School in California, and is a power hitting third base prospect. He was ranked as a top ten prospect by MLB.com, but was a later round guy in Baseball America’s rankings, and didn’t make Keith Law’s top 50. So his rankings aren’t universal.

He’s an interesting guy to watch, just for his power potential. Last year he hit for a .345/.446/.762 line with nine homers in 84 at-bats. In his high school career he has a .380/.475/.749 line.

Williams plays this weekend on Saturday. So far this season he has a .300/.500/.300 line in 10 at-bats.

Notes From the Past Week

-Prep pitching prospect Lucas Giolito touched 100 MPH this past week. I think that pretty much rules out any chance of him falling to the Pirates, if there ever was a chance to begin with.

-Jim Callis doesn’t think the injury to Victor Roache is a long term concern. So while we can’t track him the rest of the year, I guess he remains a first round option.

The schedule for the top draft prospects this weekend:

FRIDAY

6:00 PM EST – Georgia Southern (Chris Beck) at North Florida

6:00 PM EST – Arizona State (Deven Marrero) vs Northern Illinois

7:00 PM EST – Florida (Mike Zunino) at Miami

8:00 PM EST – LSU (Kevin Gausman) vs Dartmouth

9:00 PM EST – Stanford (Mark Appel) at Fresno State

SATURDAY

2:00 PM EST – Valencia HS (Trey Williams), Easton Tournament

6:00 PM EST – Arizona State (Marrero) vs Winthrop

7:00 PM EST – Florida (Zunino) at Miami

SUNDAY

1:00 PM EST – Florida (Zunino) at Miami

6:00 PM EST – Arizona State (Marrero) vs Saint Mary’s

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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.

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