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Morning Report: The Strategy of Going All In with High Upside Picks

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Morning Report: The Strategy of Going All In with High Upside Picks
John Dreker

The morning of the first day of the draft, I gave some final thoughts as a wrap up of our coverage. I tried to figure out what the Pirates would do in the draft, or at least the route that I thought made the most sense. Here is what I wrote:

"This draft doesn’t have a lot of top end talent, but it does have a lot of projectable high school players. With a $10,135,900 bonus pool, the Pirates could convince a lot of upside to go the pro route. So that’s my feeling for this draft. One safe college bat that has been ranked highly all year, then projectable upside, and lots of it."

What I conveniently just left out there is that I figured they would go for the college bat first, then go upside. If you look at what the Pirates did with those first five picks though, it was almost exactly w...

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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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