Baseball America started posting their Draft Report Cards on Monday, beginning with the AL East. Prior to that, they had an overview of the entire draft class, ranking the teams and players in numerous categories. The Pittsburgh Pirates got two mentions in the article, one good and one bad.
Shortstop Stephen Alemais was named the fourth best defensive player and we saw those skills on display with Morgantown and West Virginia after he was promoted in August, and then in the Fall Instructional League. That last link also talks about the adjustments he made and the improvements he saw on offense down at Pirate City last month. His bat is questionable at this point, but the plus defense will give him every opportunity to see if the hitting eventually comes around. Drafted in the third roun...
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