2017 Draft

Draft Prospect Watch: Two Players Rising Up the Draft Charts

Draft Prospect Watch: Two Players Rising Up the Draft Charts
John Dreker

The 2017 MLB amateur draft is now just under two months away. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 12th overall pick, which has been the focus of our draft coverage. I wanted to switch that up a little and look at two players who could be options for their 42nd overall pick, which was the compensation pick for not signing Nick Lodolo last year. Both of these players have made some moves up the draft ladder recently, so it may be too soon to completely write them off for the 12th overall pick, but to do that, they would need to continue to show improvements and impress scouts. If you missed it from last week, the Pirates received their official slot totals and their pool increased over the estimated totals from earlier this year.

Baseball America recently highlighted two interesting players, ...

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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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