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First Pitch: Revisiting the Idea That the Pirates Have Been Unsuccessful in the Draft

First Pitch: Revisiting the Idea That the Pirates Have Been Unsuccessful in the Draft

The 2013 draft is complete, and we'll have our mid-season top 20 prospect rankings coming out this week. There are two things I noticed during these two events. During the draft I noticed the usual "the Pirates can't draft" or "maybe this year will be better" comments. Then, when doing the prospect rankings, I noticed how there were so many top players that came from the draft. And when looking at the major league team, I noticed several key performers who came as a result of draft picks. So I wanted to re-visit the idea that the Pirates have been unsuccessful in the draft by looking back at all of the drafts under the current management group.
2008
Pedro Alvarez - When Alvarez was drafted, he was expected to carry the franchise. He hasn't done that, and he's looking more like a Mark Reynolds type, or a platoon player. You can't fault the Pirates for taking Alvarez. He was the top prospect in the draft that year, and it was one year after the Matt Wieters/Daniel Moskos draft. In hind...

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