2017 Draft

Draft Prospect Watch: A Look at Two of the Top College Pitchers in the 2017 Draft

Draft Prospect Watch: A Look at Two of the Top College Pitchers in the 2017 Draft
John Dreker

In our draft preview, I noted that every source we use believes that this draft class is loaded at the top with college pitching. Since most colleges played their second week of action this weekend, we start there with a couple of the top names. With the draft taking place on June 12-14, it's still very early in the process and this just gives you a couple names to follow. The Pirates have four picks on day one of the draft, and five of the first 88 picks. They also have a large bonus pool, which should give them an opportunity to load up the farm system.

We start at the top of the college pitching class, because at this point, no one in the draft class is a sure thing to be gone before the Pirates pick at 12th overall. Baseball America has Florida pitcher Alex Faedo rated as the top co...

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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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