2017 Draft

Draft Signing News, Plus Praise from Jim Callis and Keith Law

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Draft Signing News, Plus Praise from Jim Callis and Keith Law
John Dreker

Jim Callis at MLB Pipeline had high praise for the Pittsburgh Pirates after the draft was completed. He rated the Pirates as having the third best draft class, trailing only the Minnesota Twins and the Cincinnati Reds, the teams with the top two choices in the draft. Besides the top four picks for the Pirates, which were all high upside prep players, Callis also liked Dylan Busby (3rd round), Deon Stafford (fifth round) and sixth rounder Cody Bolton, who has already indicated he will sign.

Keith Law also loved the drafting done by the Pirates, although that was obvious if you saw his rankings. He had Shane Baz rated 11th, Conner Uselton 20th and Steven Jennings 22nd, while also saying that Cal Mitchell had a lot of potential.

Speaking of Jennings, he has indicated that he is signing,...

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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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