2017 Draft

Draft Prospect Watch: Top 100 Prospects From Baseball America

Draft Prospect Watch: Top 100 Prospects From Baseball America
John Dreker

Baseball America updated their top 100 draft prospects list earlier this week. The Pittsburgh Pirates select 12th overall when the draft begins on June 12th and BA has DL Hall, a left-handed high school starter, ranked 12th overall.

We talked about Hall last week when John Manuel from BA had him going ninth overall in his mock draft. I mentioned then that Hall really doesn't match-up well with the Pirates, due to their philosophy of drafting tall pitchers. He is 6'0", 180-190 pounds and he seems to be more about safety rather than upside. Hall has a nice fastball/curve combo, with both pitches rated as a 60 on the 20-80 scout scale. His command is average and he doesn't have a solid third pitch. That's a high floor pitcher for a high school product, but that's also a group that comes wi...

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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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