2016 Draft

Baseball America Releases 2016 Pirates Draft Report Card

Max Kranick was named the best late round pick for the Pirates and he showed why during his impressive debut. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Baseball America Releases 2016 Pirates Draft Report Card
John Dreker

Baseball America posted their draft report card for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday morning. They grade the players in multiple categories, find the best in multiple pitching and hitting strengths.

Will Craig was named the best pure hitter, best power hitter, best pro debut and closest to the majors. Craig was taken 22nd overall and hit .280/.412/.362 in 218 at-bats, with a 41:37 BB/SO ratio. He finished second in the NYPL in OBP, and ninth in OPS.

Best defensive player is shortstop Stephen Alemais, who was named on Monday as one of the best defensive players in the entire draft class.

Fastest runner is Garrett Brown, a raw outfielder, who was taken in the 23rd round. He's one of the fastest players in the organization now. Brown was slightly old for the draft class and didn't...

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2016 Draft
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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