Updated MLB.com Draft Prospect Rankings

The new updated rankings for the top 100 prospects in this draft class were released by MLB.com today. Jim Callis also released an article about some of the top names in the draft class.

MLB.com ranked Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie 24th overall, which is where the Pittsburgh Pirates make their first round selection. Luckily this morning, we posted highlight videos of some likely targets for the Pirates and Gillaspie was the choice for the college bat, so you can see a video on him here. Every Thursday, we will spotlight four players in the Pirates first round pick range, leading up to the first day of the draft on June 5th.

You can also check the MLB.com list for the players ranked in the 65-74 range, the spots where the Pirates make their second and third overall picks. Many of those names have been mentioned here often. One interesting one is #63, Jake Stinnett, a starting pitcher out of Maryland who was taken in the 29th round by the Pirates last year, but decided to return to school. He has really impressed this year, out-dueling some top names and he threw a no-hitter.

You get to #38 on the list before you reach a player that hasn’t been covered here during the season, so I’ll include a brief write-up on him. Jakson Reetz is a HS catcher from Nebraska with solid average tools across the board. He is very athletic and will stick at the backstop position. Reetz has a solid bat and could add power as he fills out. He is hitting .522 in 18 games, with eight doubles and seven homers. I’ve included a video below.

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John Dreker

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.

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