2014-Draft

Final Mock Draft From Scout.com Has a Familiar High School Arm For Pirates

Kiley McDaniel from Scout.com released his last mock draft, just over an hour before the start of the draft and he has pitcher Luis Ortiz going to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ortiz’s name was first mentioned with the Pirates a couple weeks ago. Early in the year, he was always rated higher, but time missed due to a forearm strain seems to have dropped his stock. He returned and looked healthy, touching 95 MPH in his first game back. When at his peak, he is a workhorse type pitcher, with a fastball that hits 97 MPH, an average change-up and a slider that could be a plus offering. He has good control of all of his pitches.

McDaniel mentions that the Pirates hope for someone to fall to them, which is most likely the case with most teams picking this late. We are hearing a lot of top names could slide down, so don’t be surprised if the Pirates jump on one of them, looking for high upside with their first pick.

We have a full scouting report and video for Ortiz here in our draft preview.

You can view the rest of today’s draft news here, plus check out our final thoughts going into tonight.

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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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