Pirates Draft Jonathan Sandfort in the Third Round

With their third round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected prep pitcher Jonathan Sandfort. The right hander is 6′ 5″, 220 pounds and has touched 94 MPH with his fastball. He typically sits 88-91 MPH, but has a projectable frame with the ability to add velocity going forward.

Sandfort was rated the 255th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America. He has a commitment to the University of Florida, so he probably won’t come cheap. He throws a mid-70s power curveball and has a feel for a changeup.

This is an example of how the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could be impacting the selection of prep players. The slot price for the third round pick is $462,900. In previous drafts, Sandfort might have been taken in a later round, and still given a bonus close to that $462,900. By taking him earlier under the new CBA, the Pirates can still try to buy him out of his commitment, while not going over-slot.

UPDATE 2:16 PM: Here’s a good article on Sandfort. He had an 0.92 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 68.2 innings this year. Sandfort said he expected to go in the second or third round, and had the following quote.

“I’m going to think about what’s going to be the best route for me to get to the major leagues,” Sandfort said. “It will depend on what kind of farm system they have, what kind of coaching they have.”

Based on my conversations with outside sources, the Pirates are seen as a good system for pitchers, due to their approach with the fastball command. More importantly, Sandfort expected to go in the third round, which is where the Pirates took him. He’s another guy I’d expect to sign.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

    Who’s the guy on the right with the glasses on the MLB tv draft show? I’m tired of his talking about the Pirates picks. Here’s why….

    His complaining goes against the entire purpose of the changes in the draft. I was under the impression that the changes were meant to force teams to take the best player available. However, all this guy seems to be focusing on is, how are they going to be able to afford this? Please correct me if I’m wrong, but if you have to focus on picking players that you can afford, doesn’t that quite possibly interfere with your ability to choose the best available. Other than the obvious fascist nature of the changes this year, the only true difference is that the league is formulating each teams’ budget rather than the front office of a given team. Everyone still has to operate under some form of budgetary limitation. So realistically, this year each team will pick the best available player, unless they can’t afford him, or if they think he’s going to choose to go to college instead….uhh, you mean like every other year. This way, you’re just able to screw small market teams over more easily. So I suppose the point that I’m trying to build towards is…how can someone say that this new system won’t affect the level of talent coming into baseball? Is it a dooms day scenario as far as guys choosing to play football instead? I’m not really sure, but it will sure manifest itself in some way. It’s not like it was the leagues money the Pirates were spending. Apparently it’s ok to give Albert Pujols 250 million dollars (something which only 2 or 3 teams could’ve done), but it’s not ok to try to mess with some amateur talent that the Angels may have possibly picked in the later rounds.

    It just makes absolutely no sense to have a salary cap in the draft without having an actual salary cap for the major league clubs. It’s unfair and creates even more of a disparity in player acquisition than there was before.

    • Lee Young

      jim callis of ba

    • Lee Young

      btw, your rant sounds like you’d fit in well on 97.3. :)