Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Trae Arbet

2013 draftThe Pittsburgh Pirates drafted prep shortstop Trae Arbet in the fifth round of the MLB draft. Arbet was the 114th best player in Baseball America’s rankings.

He’s a very athletic shortstop with good bat speed and gap power. Defensively he’s good, with solid range, instincts and arm. It’s never a guarantee that prep shortstops will stick at the position, and there are concerns that Arbet will move to second base, but he does have the chance to stick at short.

His hitting is going to be a question mark, since he has a long swing and chases pitches out of the zone. He did hit .309 in 81 at-bats, with eight doubles, two triples, and two homers this year. His upside is an average hitter with fringy power, and who is based more on his defensive skills.

Here is Arbet’s player page.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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