2012 Draft

Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 5/24-5/27

Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 5/24-5/27

The MLB draft is about a week and a half away. This will be the last weekend preview, as this is the last weekend on the schedule for college teams. Before getting to the schedule, let’s take a look at some of the recent draft updates, with my thoughts on each subject.

**Jim Callis held a draft chat at Baseball America yesterday. Callis answered several questions that involved the Pirates, or players who could fall to the Pirates. The key notes from the chat:

-He says Josh Bell would be a top ten pick in this draft.

-He lists Mike Zunino’s draft floor as eighth overall.

-There are too many uncertainties surrounding Lucas Giolito’s health to give an accurate prediction on where he will go.

It’s nice to see the Zunino blurb, as it gives the feeling that there’s an outside chance he could fall to the Pirates. That would be amazing, but highly unlikely in my opinion.

**Kevin Goldstein has a feature on Scott Boras and the draft’s new rules for Baseball Prospectus subscribers, or ESPN Insider subscribers. Not many people like Boras for obvious reasons. I have to say, I kind of like him. Yeah, there’s the “he drives up prices, pulls every trick in the book, and occasionally does something outlandish like have a player go unsigned in the draft or cost Ryan Madson a big payday”. But this new CBA seems like MLB shooting themselves in the foot with an incredibly short-sighted plan. Not only is Boras against it, but he had some pretty good ideas for solutions in the article above.

A lot of people look to Boras as the problem. I think MLB is the problem. They showed that this past off-season. They were fine with the free agency market being a total disaster, but reducing the much smaller scale spending in the draft was a priority. That hurt small market teams, and Boras acknowledges this. He even mentions in the article that small market teams can’t afford free agent prices. You can’t fault Boras for trying to get the most for his clients, or for being good at his job. That’s just like how I don’t fault the Yankees for spending $200 M. Why blame the people taking advantage of the system? Why not blame the system that allows these things to happen, whether it’s mega-team payrolls, massive free agent salaries, or big draft bonuses?

**I did a consensus ranking of the latest draft rankings. The average top 15 is as follows:

1. Byron Buxton

2. Mike Zunino

3t. Mark Appel

3t. Kevin Gausman

5. Carlos Correa

6. Kyle Zimmer

7. Max Fried

8. Albert Almora

9. Lucas Giolito

10. Michael Wacha

11. Courtney Hawkins

12. Marcus Stroman

13. Deven Marrero

14. Andrew Heaney

15. David Dahl

I also looked at the median rankings, focusing on the middle of the three picks. The changes from above were that Fried and Almora were tied at 7th, Giolito and Wacha were tied at 9th, Stroman moved ahead of Hawkins, Dahl moved up to 14th, and Stephen Piscotty took over at 15th (Heaney dropped to 16th).

I’ve been playing around with some rankings of my own. I might have them ready by next Tuesday, a week before the draft. My rankings are mostly based on these average/median rankings, although I added some personal preferences. I don’t think I’ll go in to detail with a 1-100 list. I don’t know all of the draft prospects well enough to say that one player is better than another, at least not after the guys in the top half of the first round. Therefore, I’ll probably go with tiers, which is a system I like better.

The schedule for the top draft prospects this weekend:


10:30 AM EST – LSU (Kevin Gausman) vs Ole Miss (SEC Tournament)

8:30 PM EST – Texas A&M (Michael Wacha) vs Missouri

9:00 PM EST – Florida (Mike Zunino) vs Vanderbilt (SEC Tournament)


8:30 PM EST – Stanford (Mark Appel) vs Cal

9:00 PM EST – Arizona State (Deven Marrero) at Arizona


2:00 PM EST – Florida (Zunino) at Auburn

9:00 PM EST – Arizona State (Marrero) at Arizona


3:00 PM EST – Arizona State (Marrero) at Arizona

2012 Draft

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.

More in 2012 Draft

Pirates Sign 21st Round Pick Jordan Steranka

Tim WilliamsSeptember 4, 2012

Pirates Get A First Round Compensation Pick In the 2013 Draft

Tim WilliamsJuly 18, 2012

Pirates Ranked 28th in Draft Spending

Tim WilliamsJuly 18, 2012

Details On Tomorrow’s Competitive Balance Lottery

Tim WilliamsJuly 17, 2012

Pirates Draft Signing Recap: Is the System to Blame For Appel Not Signing?

Tim WilliamsJuly 13, 2012

Pirates Don’t Sign Mark Appel

Tim WilliamsJuly 13, 2012

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects