Baseball America has released the 2013 draft pools, and the Pittsburgh Pirates come in with the fifth highest total. The Pirates have $8,884,600 to spend, and obviously they’re high up on the list due to having two first round picks. Overall the draft pools are up 8.2 percent over last year.
The Pirates can spend that money in any way they wish. They could go slot on every pick in the top ten rounds, or they could do like they did last year and go well under slot with several guys in the 6-10 range, allowing them to use the money elsewhere in the draft. A lot of that strategy will probably depend on who is there for them early in the draft.