Comments on: Draft Rumor Roundup: Appel, Gray, Moran, Astros, Royals, Bickford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:46:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28655 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:16:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28655 agree

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28654 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:15:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28654 agree

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By: rsborelli http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28651 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:45:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28651 May be that his velocity is not exactly “top end” right now, but is projectable based on his frame and athleticism. Curve ball sounds like needs development. But sounds like he already has a very good change-up, which is usually something HS pitchers need the most development on. I like that mix!

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By: piratesfan5 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28650 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:43:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28650 Hoosier: I don’t know what your obsession with Bickford is. He has a good fastball but he has no decent breaking ball they grade at a 40. No MLB starting pitcher only has a plus fastball and no secondary offerings. Also with Kaminsky, he’s an end of the 1st round talent. His fellow prep lefty clarkin would be better.

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By: pittcabe http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28648 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:27:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28648 Peterson, Renfroe and Ball will probably all be off the board when the Pirates choose at 14, which suggests that there are other teams who will have been “linked” to them. Hell, even McGuire is suggested as a possible pick for the Twins at 4 if they think Kohl Stewart will be too difficult to sign.

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By: bWalor23 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28647 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:10:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28647 I don’t understand why people do not want Reese McGuire ? Have you people watched his highlights or that beautiful swing from the left side? Even if he didn’t stick at catcher I would still take that bat of his and the fact that he is going to stick at catcher and has great defensive skills is only a plus. Reese McGuire should be the pick at 9 and whoever else falls to 14 maybe will get lucky.

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By: hoosierIUdaddy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28645 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:08:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28645 Dominic Smith is not what you want either. I was excited about him but he can’t hit the damn ball and he will get eaten alive by pitchers even in A ball

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By: hoosierIUdaddy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28644 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:06:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28644 Look at these teams making moves grabbing the top talent leaving the Bucs with their “top talent” in Peterson, Renfroe, Ball, McGuire, all of which are so unappealing. Notice how no other teams have been linked to these guys but the Pirates. Here we go again. And for the record McGuire is the biggest reach ever. His bat is a big time question (love his defense) and what makes it worse is Denney is like maybe a few spots below him and then Ciuffo is a few spots behind that. And then like SEVEN other guys in the first few rounds. If McGuire was once in a lifetime (like Mark Appel was last year, who would replace Appel with this pick) I would be all for it, but there is debate whether he is the top prep catcher. The sky is falling, the sky is falling. I knew I should have got some maryjane, we got Cole, Bell, Appel the last time I turnt up. SMDH

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By: rsborelli http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28642 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:37:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28642 Plus, the track record of first-round catchers is not particularly stellar. Posey and Wieters, of course. Mauer. Some guys get drafted as catchers, but eventually end up moving out into the field. Not sure this kid has the luxury of doing that with his bat being a bit of a question. The position is such a grind. If Frazier or Meadows is there at #9, that is hard to pass up, despite an apparent surplus of OF prospects. Even Ball at #9 sounds like he is a more polished overall product. But I guess we will see in a couple hours. Whoever they pick, just hope both end up being impact players!

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By: pittcabe http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/draft-rumor-roundup-appel-gray-moran-astros-royals-bickford.html#comment-28641 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:22:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=56155#comment-28641 McGuire is still a top 10 overall talent according to everybody but Keith Law. It wouldn’t be a reach or anything. There are definitely risks with a guy like Meadows or Ball too. Quite a few people, including Law, think Frazier is being overvalued as well. If the Pirates take McGuire I would love for them to get a riskier, but high upside guy like Dominic Smith at 14 instead of DJ Peterson or Hunter Renfroe.

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