2017 Draft

Draft Prospect Watch: Two First Round Possibilities for the Pirates

Draft Prospect Watch: Two First Round Possibilities for the Pirates
John Dreker

On Friday, we took a look at a new mock draft from Jim Callis on MLB Pipeline. He had the Pittsburgh Pirates taking right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo from the University of Florida. In that draft, he has Vanderbilt outfielder Jeren Kendall slipping all the way to the Kansas City Royals at the 14th pick. That scenario would mean that the Pirates passed on one of the most talented players in the draft, a center fielder with plus-plus speed (17-for-21 in steals), who has hit 13 homers already this season. Keith Law's mock draft from yesterday has Kendall slipping all the way to the 21st spot.

The big question with Kendall is his strikeouts. It's become a major issue this year. He is hitting .303/.380/.567 in 231 plate appearances, but that comes with 58 strikeouts. That's a very high strikeo...

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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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