Comments on: First Pitch: The 2013 Draft Could Have the Most Upside http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:42:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Brad Walor http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30385 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 01:09:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30385 I don’t necessarily agree, outside of Cole and Taillon your new crop of top prospects are guys signed out of the Dominican in Polanco and Hanson, Bell (2nd rd pick), Glasnow (4th rd), Kingham (5th rd), etc. The pirates have done a good job getting young talent outside the first round and developing that talent.

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By: clemente21 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30380 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:24:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30380 And I would add, the FO must stay as aggressive in the International market too.

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By: HamburgBucco http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30378 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:59:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30378 One more thing: Let’s not forget WHY our farm system is so good and deep now. It’s because we used to be a terrible team and laughing stock resulting in us having high draft picks every single year.
This is going to change now. So finding top prospects will be so much harder for the Pirates from now on. Another reason to be very careful when it comes to trading away ANY of our top prospects.
It’s not the way the Pittsburgh Pirates should operate to trade for a Giancarlo Stanton, we should draft players like him, develop them, bring them up and keep them in the Burgh for as long as possible.
I’m confident our front office will agree and decide to keep the farm intact.

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By: PikeBishop65 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30376 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:15:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30376 And then I looked at the 2007 draft…………………The Horror…………The Horror! :-)

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By: buster09 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30375 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:49:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30375 You are the man Hamburg !

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By: Cato the Elder http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30373 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:55:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30373 I agree with this whole-heartedly. Hopefully the day of drafting “can’t-miss,” top-of-the-draft prospects are gone for a while. Rely on the pipeline that has been built already and supplement the existing system with high upside picks.

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By: Cato the Elder http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30372 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:45:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30372 None of the catchers will be close to the majors after next season none would start the ’14 season above AA barring a miracle. I don’t think it’s out of the question that the Pirates would resign Martin, but if they don’t it is absolutely Sanchez’s job, or some other FA.

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By: HamburgBucco http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30370 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 11:35:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30370 Most important rule/modus operandi for the Pirates should be: Do NOT trade away your long term top ptospects for a short term gain, even if tempted by a pennant race.

As a small market team we should be proud of finally having a great and deep farm system. The good thing is that we can now really go for the top upside prospects in the draft, even though guys like Meadows or McGuire all still three or four years away. That doesn’t matter so much as we have good depth at Double A and Triple A level now to bolster our first team.

Let’s not get lost in dreams about trading for Stanton or Rios. No thanks to that if it means parting ways with Polanco, Taillon, Sanchez, Heredia, Bell, Glasnow or Barnes – all these guys will be big once they play in the first team and we will finally have a competing and challenging ballclub for years to come.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30369 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 11:17:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30369 Ever since NH started going High Risk/ High Reward, I knew he was gonna be a good GM.
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Finally, others are starting to realize that.
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Plus, for ONCE, I am glad I was right…usually I’m not…….lol
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Foo

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-the-2013-draft-could-have-the-most-upside.html#comment-30367 Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:55:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58982#comment-30367 I like this draft class a lot. Going in I wanted Trey Ball and Ian Clarkin at #9 and #14 because I wanted the HS LHSP’s. I liked McGuire as an alternative to either, and never even gave Meadows a thought because he was supposed to be gone early. And, I think all of their HS kids in the Top 10 (Meadows, McGuire, Taylor, Arbet, and Kozikowski) are young HS Graduates. A CF, SS, 2 Pitchers, and a Catcher. With the guys we have signed the past few years at C, I no longer see Tony Sanchez as the heir to Martin, but I do think he will be up next year instead of McKenry. And, Shortstop/MI are a strength at the Hi A, Lo A, and lower levels. All that to go with the best OF in baseball in a few years, and a pitching staff that is unbelievably deep.

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