Pirates Land a Competitive Balance Pick in the 2014 Draft

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Last year the Pirates used their comp pick to trade for Gaby Sanchez. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have landed a 2014 draft pick in today’s Competitive Balance Lottery. The Pirates got the fifth pick in Comp Round B of the 2014 draft, which takes place after the second round, according to Clint Longenecker of Baseball America.

Last year the Pirates won the second pick in Comp Round A, which ended up being the 35th overall selection in the 2013 draft. They traded the pick at the 2012 deadline, along with Gorkys Hernandez, in exchange for Gaby Sanchez and Kyle Kaminska. The Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins also exchanged picks last year as part of a bigger trade that sent Anibal Sanchez to Detroit.

The Pirates could trade this year’s pick, although they probably wouldn’t receive a huge return, especially since this year’s pick follows the second round.

In NL Central news, the Milwaukee Brewers landed the sixth pick in Comp Round A while the St. Louis Cardinals got the third pick in Comp Round B.

Author: 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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