Comments on: Draft Prospect Watch: Manaea Injury Update, Crawford With Shaky Outing http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/draft-prospect-watch-manaea-injury-update-crawford-with-shaky-outing.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 20 May 2014 04:31:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: NastyNate82 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/draft-prospect-watch-manaea-injury-update-crawford-with-shaky-outing.html#comment-26122 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 16:14:02 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49625#comment-26122 Emjay: Would you take Manea over those three (Bryant, McGuire, Moran) if he were there? I’d have to say, at this point…I doubt all four of those guys would be available there, but it is another two months till draft time, so its possible.
If it was just those three, I’d probably go with Bryant, especially over Moran. Bryant has very good power, and also the ability to play a corner OF spot if he can’t stay at third. I don’t know enough about McGuire yet, although most seem to think he and Denney are easily the top two prep catchers.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/draft-prospect-watch-manaea-injury-update-crawford-with-shaky-outing.html#comment-26107 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 12:03:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49625#comment-26107 NN: If the 9th pick was up and I had a choice between Bryant, McGuire, and Moran, I would prefer McGuire because he can Catch, play multiple infield positions, hits lefty, has been a leader on the USA U18 team, and is one of the youngest HS players in the top of the draft. At #14 if I did not get a LHSP at #9, I would make sure I landed a HS pitcher. A lot has to do with getting to know these kids and learning which of them wants to sign, and which are kids looking for Scott Boras to be their agent. The Pirates have $8 mil to spend, which is more than enough unless we get tied up with a bad pick.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/draft-prospect-watch-manaea-injury-update-crawford-with-shaky-outing.html#comment-26105 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 11:50:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49625#comment-26105 No reason you cannot do both best available and need. At the present time Baseball Ameriaca has the following rankings for the draft – Manaea #6, Bryant #7, McGuire #8, Trey Ball #16, and Ian Clarkin #17. This just came out late last week so it is current. As I stated, Krook was not even in the Top 100 HS players and is now at #29 of all players – college and HS. All of these changes are based on play, and a bad outing or two or missing more time could put Manaea right around #9, or a few more good outings by Ball or Clarkin could put them both in the #9 through #14 range.

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By: NastyNate82 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/draft-prospect-watch-manaea-injury-update-crawford-with-shaky-outing.html#comment-26102 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 06:02:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49625#comment-26102 Hmmm, I get what you’re saying in that the system lacks possible impact lefties, but thats a slippery slope. Even so, I think its wrong to target the “needs” of your system. For instance, Manea could be gone by the time they pick at #9, but say Kris Bryant is there. Should they pass on Bryant to take Clarkin or another lefty?
As for the prep lefties…really like Clarkin’s curveball. Haven’t seen much from Ball yet (I think he’s in the MW and the usual late spring has delayed their season). Will have to check out Crowe and Krook, as I haven’t seen much of them.
In addition, if they believe in a big-bat prep C (McGuire, Denney, etc.) they can always give one of them or Mathisen the Wil Myers treatment and move him off of C to accelerate the player’s movement. Frankly, i think a lot of prep kids get put at C because they’re athletic and have good arms. At a young age, those kids can be moved off that position (as we saw with Mathison, he didn’t catch that much in HS). So if they really believed in McGuire or Denney as a bat, I’d be perfectly fine with them getting drafted.

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By: meatygettingsaucy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/draft-prospect-watch-manaea-injury-update-crawford-with-shaky-outing.html#comment-26099 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 02:20:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49625#comment-26099 emjayinTN, I just want to say that I’m glad there is at least one more person on here that is really into the upcoming draft. Personally it is my favorite part of the season. However, I don’t know if you fully understand how the Pirates draft selection works: they always go for the best player available. They will not draft based on need.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/draft-prospect-watch-manaea-injury-update-crawford-with-shaky-outing.html#comment-26098 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 01:42:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49625#comment-26098 I think before we move on Denney or McGuire as C, we will be closely watching the pace of development of Wyatt Mathisen. He is every bit as good as either of them. Also, from a shortage of middle infielders, the breakout of Hansen, and the work of Dilson Herrera and Max Moroff lead me to believe we do not need that either. I favor pitching and we need to get as many LHSP’s as we can. I hope Manaea falls to #9, and HS kids like Trey Ball, Ian Clarkin, and Matt Krook are excellent. Krook was out of the Top 100 of HS players and is now in the Top 25 of the draft. Another kid I would like to see the Pirates look at is a kid from here in East Tennessee. Wil Crowe is 6’3″ 220 RHSP and throws in the mid-90′s. He has already thrown a perfect game against one of the historical powers around this area, and the kid is very strong. I think he will climb quickly – just like Krook, and this could be a HS kid who would be a fast-track to the majors..

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