Comments on: Draft Prospect Watch: College Bats and Middle Infielders To Watch Early On http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-prospect-watch-college-bats-and-middle-infielders-to-watch-early-on.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:48:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: NastyNate82 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-prospect-watch-college-bats-and-middle-infielders-to-watch-early-on.html#comment-27972 Mon, 27 May 2013 02:40:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54634#comment-27972 Two responses to this: sometimes NFL teams do actually take BPA if they would be overdrafting to fill a need.
More importantly, football and baseball drafts are apples and oranges. Football players immediately move to the NFL, so that need (theoretically) can be filled quicker. Baseball players don’t; they go to the minors, for usually 3-4 years from college, 5-6 from high school. Thats not a linear path at all, and a lot can happen where they either don’t develop, get hurt, or both.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-prospect-watch-college-bats-and-middle-infielders-to-watch-early-on.html#comment-27969 Mon, 27 May 2013 00:46:49 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54634#comment-27969 Do you think the Steelers draft the best player available or by need? You and I both know the answer, so why would baseball be different?

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By: meatygettingsaucy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-prospect-watch-college-bats-and-middle-infielders-to-watch-early-on.html#comment-27966 Sun, 26 May 2013 22:50:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54634#comment-27966 because by this rational, you may very well pass over someone who has higher upside, better tools, more projectability, so on. Now, if you have a group of players who are lumped together at a pick with just about equal talent at their respective positions, that is a case where you can choose to draft based on need. Reaching for someone because your short on on their position has led to some pretty miserable overdrafts by clubs, not just the Pirates. You just never know what your organization will look 3 or 2 or even a year down the road. Never, ever draft for need. Ever

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-prospect-watch-college-bats-and-middle-infielders-to-watch-early-on.html#comment-27965 Sun, 26 May 2013 22:13:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54634#comment-27965 Why not? The Pirates are in need of strong lefties. Look at their Top 10 pitching prospects and you may not have one LHSP among the bunch. Zack Dodson is the only one I can think of now that Locke and Wilson have been promoted, and this is the strongest class of HS LHSP’s in years – you have to take advantage of that. Trey Ball to add to Tyler Glasnow, Nick Kingham, and Luis Heredia??

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By: John Dreker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-prospect-watch-college-bats-and-middle-infielders-to-watch-early-on.html#comment-27959 Sun, 26 May 2013 15:41:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54634#comment-27959 I would use the #14 pick on Crawford unless somehow someone better fell too them, like Ball, Frazier, Meadows or Moran. Who knows with Moran now, 1-for-14 in two of the biggest games of his season, packed with scouts last night I heard. His strikeouts have been up lately too, so he is not having a strong finish to his season. That could be good for the Pirates.
I haven’t seen much on Anderson until lately when BA mentioned him as a possible late first rounder. Seems odd that he went undrafted two years in a row, now looks like a first rounder. That is quite a jump

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-prospect-watch-college-bats-and-middle-infielders-to-watch-early-on.html#comment-27955 Sun, 26 May 2013 12:20:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54634#comment-27955 you never draft by current needs, emjay….take BAA.

I’d be happy with Moran, McGuire, Ball or Crawford, in that order.

Foo

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-prospect-watch-college-bats-and-middle-infielders-to-watch-early-on.html#comment-27949 Sun, 26 May 2013 11:06:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=54634#comment-27949 John: Biggest knocks on Anderson have been his arm strength and lack of PT during HS. Most comparisons are to 2B such as Brandon Phillips or Orlando Hudson – nice company, but not Shortstops. It is hard for me to see using a high pick for a Shortstop when I see the progress of Pirate farmhands Alen Hanson, 20, at Hi A and Max Moroff, 19, at Lo A. I would hope to get a kid like Garrett Hampson, hopefully in the 3rd Round.
I still hope the Pirates score a HS LHSP with either #9, #14, or both – Ball ahead of every other if he is still on the board at #9. If we can get Ball, HS C/IF Reese McGuire would be nice but expensive, and HS LHSP Ian Clarkin could be the most reasonable option at #14.

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