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First Pitch: Explaining Why This Looks Like a Bad Draft For the Pirates

First Pitch: Explaining Why This Looks Like a Bad Draft For the Pirates

In our draft rankings earlier in the week, we wrote about how this was a talented draft class. It looked like the Pirates could get some impressive talent in the first round, landing someone who would have ranked higher than 24th overall in previous drafts. They might even have had a chance to land a first round talent in the second round.

What they ended up doing was drafting Cole Tucker with their first pick, and Connor Joe with the second pick. There's nothing wrong with these two players. We had both in our top 100, and they would have been good picks in the second round. That's the issue here. The Pirates didn't get good value with their most valuable picks. They got some nice value with their second round picks, taking two projectable prep pitchers, but that didn't make up for the...

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