2014-Draft

MLB.com Releases Top 200 Draft Prospect List, Familiar Name In Pirates Spot

On Friday afternoon, MLB.com released their updated top draft prospect list, rearranging the top 100 and expanding it to 200 spots. The interesting thing about the updated list is the fact that MLB.com now has right-handed prep pitcher Luis Ortiz in the 24th spot. Now this isn’t the same as a mock draft, but Ortiz was recently Keith Law’s pick for the Pirates in his second mock draft. We then featured him yesterday in our draft preview, so he has been getting a lot of exposure here recently. You can find scouting reports and video for him in both of those links. He is a high upside pitcher, who already has a strong frame, with good feel for three pitches and he hits 97 MPH with his fastball.

The amateur draft begins next Thursday night. The Pirates pick 24th overall in the first round, then make two more selections during day one, picking 65th and 74th. Day two of the draft will have rounds three through ten and day three with have rounds 11-40 to wrap things up.

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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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