Morning Report

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

PNC Park. Photo Credit: David Hague
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...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail

Morning Report
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.

More in Morning Report

Morning Report: Lower Level Hitting and Pitching Leaders

John DrekerAugust 23, 2017

Morning Report: Pitching Leaders Throughout the Farm System

John DrekerAugust 22, 2017

Morning Report: Batting Leaders Throughout the System

John DrekerAugust 21, 2017

Morning Report: Pirates Take Their Home Show on the Road

John DrekerAugust 20, 2017

Morning Report: A Look at the Switch-Hitting Splits for Cole Tucker

John DrekerAugust 19, 2017

Morning Report: Morgantown’s Pitching Staff is Full of Strike-Throwers

John DrekerAugust 18, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects