Rounds 16-20: Pirates Go Heavy on Pitching

The Pittsburgh Pirates went heavy on right handed pitchers in rounds 16-20, taking a pitcher in four of their five picks. Below are the reports on each player. For more information, click their names to go to their player pages.

16th Round, 496th Overall: Max Moroff, SS, Prep

Moroff is a switch hitting shortstop from Trinity Prep in Orlando, Florida. He’s 6′ 0″, 175 pounds, and a switch hitting shortstop. Moroff has a high effort swing, and swings hard. He’s got better bat speed from the right side, and drives the ball hard, with a big load to his swing. His high effort swing might need some cleaning up in the future, as he attacks the ball, which could be exposed once he sees tougher breaking balls. He has gap power and is a fast runner. He also has the arm strength to stick at shortstop. Moroff has a commitment to Central Florida.

17th Round, 526th Overall: Hayden Hurst, RHP, Prep

Hurst is a big power arm from Jacksonville, Florida. He’s 6′ 5″, 225 pounds and throws 88-92 MPH, touching 95 at times. He’s had Tommy John surgery before, making him the second player the Pirates have drafted this year who has had the procedure, with the other one being fifth round pick Adrian Sampson. Hurst also throws a slurvy breaking ball, although the pitch isn’t much at this point. Hurst was also a first baseman, hitting for a .327/.393/.582 line in 55 at-bats this year. He had a big outing on the mound in early February against Bishop high school, striking out 13 in five shutout innings, allowing one hit and no walks. He has a commitment to Florida State.

18th Round, 556th Overall, John Kuchno, RHP, Ohio State

Kuchno is a red shirt sophomore from Ohio State, joining the team after starting his career as a walk on at Wake Forest. Prior to that he only played one year of high school baseball. He throws anywhere from 87-95 MPH, touching the upper end of that range in relief. He also has a power curveball, and both pitches have the potential to be plus offerings. Kuchno had a 4.38 ERA in 74 innings this past year, with a 59:30 K/BB ratio. He profiles more as a reliever, needing to control his breaking ball and keep his fastball velocity in the mid-90s for success.

19th Round, 586th Overall, Michael Peterson, RHP, Prep

Peterson is a tall, lean pitcher who is very athletic and projectable. He currently throws his fastball in the 89-90 MPH range, and has a lot of separation on his changeup, throwing it in the low 70s. He uses the changeup as a swing and miss pitch. He was used as a reliever in 2012, but put up pretty good numbers. No word on his college commitment. With his size, and the fastball/changeup combo, plus his limited numbers, he looks like an interesting project.

20th Round, 616th Overall, Kyle Haynes, RHP, VCU

Haynes was the best starter at VCU heading in to the 2012 season. He ended up posting a 4.45 ERA in 93 innings, with a 73:30 K/BB ratio. Haynes throws his fastball in the 90-92 MPh range with late life. He has a loose arm, and a good frame at 6′ 2″, 185. He also has a sharp slider and a plus changeup, with the latter being his best pitch.

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, 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.

Draft Day Three Preview: Don’t Count Out Day Three Picks

Next Story »

Rounds 21-25: Improving the State College Relationship?

Latest Analysis

  • Arquimedes Caminero

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

    1 day 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?

    4 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

    5 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

    6 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

    1 week 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
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    2 weeks ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles