Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Draft Prospects

Keith Law has released his top 50 draft prospects for ESPN Insider subscribers. Some of the notable rankings:

**Mark Appel is first overall.

**The Pirates pick 9th and 14th. Law has Jon Denney at 9th, and Kohl Stewart 14th. Denney is a high school catcher, who Law calls “a good-throwing catcher who receives well, hits and hits for power.” Stewart is a prep pitcher who throws 90-94 and has a commitment to be a quarterback at Texas A&M.

**Law has former Pirates pick Jason Hursh ranked 29th overall. Hursh was taken in the 6th round in 2010.

**There are a few players who were consistently in the 9-14 range in other rankings, but who Law has lower. Those players include Jonathon Crawford (26), Reese McGuire (28), Colin Moran (30), and Oscar Mercado (34).

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Author: 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 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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  • meatygettingsaucy

    Wouldn’t mind getting Stewart at #14. He’s considered to be arguably the best prep pitcher in the draft. As for Denney, I think he’s very good but I just don’t see why people have him as high as 9th. I definitely think he’s a 1st rounder just not a top 10 and definitely not ahead of McGuire.

    • NastyNate82

      Stewart would be a good get I think (and Law’s write-up of him today is pretty impressive), but a very tough sign it sounds like. It sounds like McGuire has the shiny tools (power, arm) but Denney is more well-rounded.

  • Y2JGQ2

    If I have to hear about ANY more people talking about pitchers i’m going to barf. WE NEED POSITION PLAYERS!!!!!!!!! I don’t want to hear anything about anyone other than catchers, shortstops, and third baseman. The end.

    • piratemike

      I would rather take the best player available if that can be determend and pitchers like Cole and Taillon are not going to be with the Bucs longer then the first day of free agency or traded before for a ss or catcher IF a quality pitcher is ready to take their spot.

    • meatygettingsaucy

      (I will do this comment in Y2JGQ2-style) No. You take the BEST AVAILABLE PLAYER REGARDLESS OF POSITION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t want to hear anything about anyone other than every good player coming into this draft.

    • NastyNate82

      Not the NFL man, you don’t draft for need because these players won’t be in the lineup in August. Look at the attrition rate of pitchers and try telling me they shouldn’t stockpile arms.

  • NastyNate82

    Just a hypothetical at this stage. If the first 8 picks went according to Law’s list, who would you take at #9? If you took, say Moran, at 9, and moved Denney to 10 and so on down the line, who would you take at 14?