Comments on: Draft Prospects: Averaging Out The Expert’s Mock Drafts Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:56:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: frsthypocrit Tue, 21 May 2013 21:26:53 +0000 I’d take that scenario … preferably Moran and McGuire.

By: Lee Young Tue, 21 May 2013 18:42:02 +0000 I want no part of Renfroe or Peterson…jmho

By: jg941 Tue, 21 May 2013 18:40:40 +0000 Let’s assume under everyone’s scenarios that there are at least 5 that are guaranteed to NOT fall to #9 – Gray, Appel, Bryant, Stewart and Shipley.

Of the remaining guys listed who there is at least a faint hope (Moran!) of being there at #9, and then #14, my board would be ranked in order as follows:

–Colin Moran
–Clint Frazier
–Trey Ball
–Ryne Stanek
–Austin Meadows
–Reese McGuire
–Sean Manaea
–DJ Peterson
–JP Crawford
–Hunter Renfroe
–Dominic Smith

If just those last 4 are the only ones left on the board at #14, then I’d roll the dice on Crawford at SS.

By: slider Tue, 21 May 2013 18:28:07 +0000 The question with Manaea is whether Borass will want top 5 money if he is picked at 14. Manaea was a universal top 3 pick throughout the summer and we know Borass will use that in negotiations. I could certainly see Manaea not signing and trying his luck when healthy next season. Something else to consider

By: leadoff Tue, 21 May 2013 18:10:19 +0000 I can’t see the Pirates taking Meadows at all, I can see them taking Frazier, I think he would be a steal at 9. The Pirate system has plenty of outfield strength however. I don’t think Moran will be available either. I would say of the three if Moran was there, the Pirates probably would take him, I think because the 3rd base position is such a weakness in the Pirate system.

By: Happydude1 Tue, 21 May 2013 17:52:55 +0000 I would like to grab one of Meadows/Fraizer at 9 – not a huge fan of Moran even if he makes it to 9. Unsure about the 14th pick – obviously I’d like them to get the best player available… maybe Manaea, though he was pulled from his most recent start without throwing a single pitch (add that to the hip issues, not sure he’s justifiable at 14).
I also like Ball as a pitcher at 14 – maybe Stanek or Shipley if they fall, but that seems unlikely. I think I’d rather have Peterson than Moran straight up, so Peterson at 14 would be good too.

By: John Dreker Tue, 21 May 2013 17:32:16 +0000 I don’t see two college bats being selected, so I’d rule out Moran and Peterson being the picks. From what I have heard/read, Pirates like McGuire, Ball and Moran, so if they can get two of them, I think they will

By: frsthypocrit Tue, 21 May 2013 17:26:51 +0000 Thanks John. I guess I meant “crazy” for hoping for two position players in R1…

By: John Dreker Tue, 21 May 2013 17:23:05 +0000 The only one I’ve heard that with is Kohl Stewart, but he is good enough to go early to a team that has a big bonus pool. The Marlins have been linked to a safe college pick by a few people, so they might reach, leaving the Pirates with better options to choose from.

By: Thom Kay Tue, 21 May 2013 17:16:32 +0000 Which of the top prospects is most likely to drop because of bonus demands?