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2013 Draft Picks JaCoby Jones, Adam Frazier, and Erich Weiss BP (Video)

2013 Draft Picks JaCoby Jones, Adam Frazier, and Erich Weiss BP (Video)

Adam Frazier (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

Adam Frazier (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

JaCoby Jones, CF – 3rd round pick out of LSU. Signed for slot ($612,000). Very athletic player who played center field and shortstop in his pro debut before going down for the season with a knee injury. The injury isn’t expected to limit his positional availability in the future. High upside guy/breakout candidate.

Adam Frazier, SS – 6th round pick out of Mississippi State. Signed for slot ($240,600). Can play second base and shortstop. Displayed a good hitting approach in Jamestown, with good plate patience. Lacks power. His upside is a utility player in the majors, with value from being able to play shortstop due to his average glove and average arm at the position.

Erich Weiss, 3B – 11th round pick out of Texas. Signed for $305,000, which was over slot. Struggled in his junior year in college after good hitting in his first two years. Got off to a hot start with Jamestown, but faded in August. Has good hands and an average arm. Questionable whether he can stick at third base, but the lack of internal options for the Pirates will give him plenty of opportunities. His father spent two years in the majors.

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  • buster09

    Jacoby better lose that loop in the swing load. Looks like Joey Gallo,but not as severe as Bubba Starling’s.

    • Leefoo Rug Bug

      That’s why his hitting has been a disappointment?

      Pirates usually don’t mess with a rookie’s swing at first, but….

      • stickyweb

        Foo, what disappointment? His slash line was .311/.358/.459/.817 (admittedly only 15 games due to injury), so I thought he was doing OK, especially in the pitcher friendly NYPL. We heard about a problem with his swing when they drafted him, but frankly, I was expecting to see something worse in the video. Of course I know nothing about hitting, so I could just be missing it.

        • buster09

          sticky : watch McCutchen’s hands really close in those vids Tim had up last week. See how there is very little hand/bat movement back on the pitch delivery,and then his hands and bat come through that zone. Marte has a slight loop but has fast hands on the swing. Polanco has slight movement,but can tend to get long at times ( but not too often ! ) MLB pitchers will exploit that loop as often as they can.

  • clementeninjamonk

    Who is Erich’s father? Any relation to Walt?

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