BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates have a no touch policy with their new prospects. They don't make changes to their game when a player first enters the system. Instead, they evaluate the player for a few months, then suggest changes after they get to know the player. For drafted players, this holds off changes until instructs or Spring Training.
Today I got to see two prep pitchers from the 2016 draft throw live BP. Second round pick Travis MacGregor and 11th round pick Max Kranick -- both big bonus signings -- each pitched two innings at Pirate City. After their outings, I talked with them about some of the changes they have been making since the end of last year. There aren't major adjustments for either player, but each pitcher had something to work on.
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