2017 Draft

2017 Pirates Draft Preview: A Draft Class Top Heavy with College and Prep Pitching Talent

Brendan McKay has gone from a likely fourth round pick in high school to a possible top ten pick at Louisville this year. Photo Credit: David Hague
2017 Pirates Draft Preview: A Draft Class Top Heavy with College and Prep Pitching Talent
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have their highest first round pick in the June amateur draft since they took Austin Meadows with the ninth overall pick in 2013. The Pirates have the 12th selection this year. They have a large bonus pool due to the high first round pick, a compensation pick for not signing 41st overall pick Nick Lodolo last year, plus a competitive balance pick after the second round. With four picks on day one of the draft, plus that large bonus pool, it's a good year for the Pirates to stock up on high-end talent.

Every year we provide coverage leading up to the draft, focusing in on the potential targets of the Pirates with their top picks. The Pirates seemed to be developing a pattern over the last few years. They stocked up on athletic players with the hit tool. Their ...

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2017 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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