The 2014 draft is obviously different for the Pittsburgh Pirates than the draft has been over the last couple decades. They have the 24th overall pick in the first round, which is much lower than they are used to getting. Even in a year like 2013, when they picked ninth and 14th, we had a good idea all season of who they might take. Last year it seemed like the same 16 players were getting mentions in the top 16 spots, with only the order changing and occasionally some other names would pop in there after a hot streak.
With seven weeks until the first day of the draft on June 5th, the amount of names that have been in the 24th spot is already more than we saw last year with either Pirates pick. Those names cover all four categories too, college hitters and pitchers, and prep hitters and pitchers. There has actually been multiples of each group ranked 24th. So while that doesn't give you a good guess at who you will get, you get a good sense of what you will get.
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.