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Grading the Pirates’ 2008 Draft

Grading the Pirates’ 2008 Draft

Back in February I took a look at the early results of the 2008 draft. At the time, only eight players from the entire draft had a career 2.0 WAR or better. I pointed out that the 2012 season should start to see results from this draft, especially for the Pirates, who had some poor results heading in to the year.

Pedro Alvarez managed to turn things around, and the club traded Robbie Grossman as the key piece in the Wandy Rodriguez deal. A few other middle round guys made their major league debuts, such as Jordy Mercer, Justin Wilson, and Matt Hague. I wanted to take another look at the results from around the league, getting a feel for how the Pirates' draft stacks up compared to what the rest of the league has produced.

The following is a breakdown of the early results from the 2008 draft, with round-by-round results, and comparisons showing what the Pirates did in each round. Credit to Baseball-Reference for the WAR numbers.

Pedro Alvarez has a 0.8 WAR so far in his major l...

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