Prospect Highlights: Getting to Know the New Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks

The first day of the 2014 amateur draft was yesterday and the Pittsburgh Pirates added four new players to the system. Below, you will find highlight videos of all four players. The Pirates Prospect player pages for all four players can be found in the link under their name. For a recap of the draft from day one, check this link here. Three of the videos were provided by Big League Futures, a site that does fantastic work getting videos and scouting reports all season long. The Mitch Keller video was from Baseball Prospectus.

Cole Tucker 1st Rd, 24th overall

Connor Joe 1st Rd, 39th overall

Mitch Keller 2nd Rd, 64th overall

Trey Supak 2nd Rd, 73rd overall

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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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  • freddylang

    I posted this after another article but gonna post here also about where the picks would be ranked: I would give the ss the benefit of the doubt and put him around 12-14. I doubt the Joe kid would crack the top 20 right now but he may fit in around 19 or 20 depending on who you ask. I feel like if Keller signs quick and pitches really well he could end up ending this summer as the Bucs highest rated prospect from this draft. Right now I almost think he would have to be ahead of Joe somewhere around 17-20? The 4th kid they picked somewhere in the mid to late 20’s? Just PTOOMA

  • Lee Young

    After all the angst, I guess, what do we REALLY know about these kids and what will happen to them?

    • freddylang

      Albert Pujols 13th rounder. Mike Piazza 62nd

  • freddylang

    Just a small sample here but it seems like Tucker takes a lot of pitches and is pretty patient. Also seems like he has a lot of moving parts to his swing…especially from the left side. He’s got the bat always moving and quick swing and reminds me a little of a young Chase Utley a little from the left side. He definitely seems like he plays at high energy all the time.

  • freddylang

    Wow Joe really holds the bat in close to his neck perpendicular to his body…he also barrels everything in that video. Nice simple swing. He’s fun to watch. Hopefully he can exceed his ranking. Despite being announced as an OF he def looks like a C.

  • http://www.acme-tv.com LongJohnSilver

    Thanks for the videos. Now I know I am totally puzzled by this draft.

  • freddylang

    Tough to totally tell how much from the angle on the vid but Keller definitely has some armside run on his fastball. The breaking pitch looks nice and according to the stats on the vid he already has decent separation on the change. His delivery is deliberate but has a little deceptive jerk in there…small but enough to destroy timing. Gotta love a kid with some deception in an era of cookie cutter deliveries.

  • freddylang

    Man does Supak pitch downhill. Everything is down and more down in that video. He is pretty over the top on the fastball. I can’t help but think of Clay Holmes when I see Supak. They are gonna be mirror images size-wize.

  • leadoff

    One thing about videos, they give you mechanics and that is something you need to see. I look at these videos and I wonder how much Pirate management and coaches see that they need to change with these guys if they get them signed. It would be great to talk to the scout that pushed the most for Tucker just to hear what he sees in this guy. I like what I have seen from him, I guess the question is always going to be that they could have done better, but maybe not, time will tell.

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