2014 Draft

First Pitch: The Pirates 2014 Draft is Making More Sense

First Pitch: The Pirates 2014 Draft is Making More Sense

When it comes to draft analysis, the first look at the draft is never final. The second look isn't final either. Evaluating a draft is a constant process, changing for better or worse as new information comes along.

Earlier this month, I wrote that I didn't like the draft the Pittsburgh Pirates had. That was rare, as I've liked a lot of the drafts they've had under Neal Huntington and company. I did write about how the draft analysis could change for the better. Mostly that involved signing a few mid-round over-slot guys, the prep pitchers in the second round working out, and Cole Tucker's offense being what the Pirates saw in his senior year of high school. One thing I didn't expect is that I'd be re-evaluating the draft less than a month after it happened.

There were two big things I didn't like about the 2014 draft for the Pirates. The first thing was that the Pirates appeared to have reached for first round pick Cole Tucker. He wasn't ranked anywhere near the first round by a...

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2014 Draft
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