Draft Notes: Jim Callis Draft Chat Recap and News

Jim Callis over at Baseball America held a draft chat today and had an interesting quote about the Pittsburgh Pirates options with their #9 and #14 pick, bringing a new name into the equation. When asked about the possibility of taking one pick with signability in mind to save for later overslot picks, Callis mentioned that he didn’t see the need in doing that. His quote was “Based on how I think the draft will play out, I’d take Austin Meadows at 9.” He then goes on to say “at 14…I might be tempted by Phillip Ervin.” 2013 draft

Meadows has been discussed a lot lately, especially during our weekly podcasts. He is a High School outfielder from Georgia, with tremendous upside. If he was available at #9, he seems like a great pick there. At one point, he was being mentioned as a possible #1 this year. He hasn’t hit for power, which has changed some minds, but he has great size and a good enough bat that the power should eventually come.

As for Ervin, he has also been mentioned here numerous times during the college season, one of the six college bats that we have followed since the start. The thing with him though, is that he hasn’t been mentioned in the Pirates range anytime recently. He’s a short but powerful centerfielder, with good speed and a strong bat. He also has a good arm, and occasionally pitched in relief. There are some questions with him. One is that he may not stick in center and the other is strength of schedule in college. Samford definitely doesn’t face the competition that someone like Colin Moran or Austin Wilson would see, and Ervin’s numbers were good but not something you would expect from someone that will be taken that high in the draft.

Ervin went 2-for-4 today in Samford’s tournament loss to Western Carolina. He scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base. On the year, he is hitting .344 in 54 games, with a 1.075 OPS and 19 steals(in 21 attempts). Ervin has drawn 39 walks and struck out 25 times.

The full draft chat can be read here.

News and Notes

Sean Manaea missed his last start with left shoulder tightness. For the lefty from Indiana State, this is now the third different injury that has affected his season. He also missed time with a sprained ankle and a hip injury.

Austin Wilson played a game last night for Stanford, going 1-for-5, with a single and two RBI’s. He is hitting .308 in 28 games, with 26 RBI’s and a .922 OPS.

Colin Moran had a Monday game against Florida State and went 0-for-4, striking out once. He was making great contact all season up until his last few weeks, when he had a couple multi-strikeout games. He still has just 19 in 214 AB’s, with 52 walks, but ten of those strikeouts have come in his last 38 AB’s.

Jonathan Mayo has an excellent read on the top HS arms in this draft class. Mentioned specifically are Trey Ball, Kohl Stewart, Ian Clarkin, Hunter Harvey and Phil Bickford. Well worth the time to check out.

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Lee Young

    Just say NO to Ervin or Peterson.


    • John Dreker

      Ervin reminds me a lot of Barrett Barnes, the overall package. You love the pick if he is there in the second round, it’s a steal at #51. At #14, there are definitely better options, ones with much higher upside. From what I’ve heard, Ervin will go in the 20’s and he seems to fit good in the 25-30 range.
      Peterson would be #18 for me. If the Pirates picked there and the 17 guys I have ranked ahead of him were gone, then I would take him there because in my mind, he would be best available. He will go higher though. I don’t see him getting past the #14 pick

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