BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates have always gone heavy with prep pitchers in the draft, and that has continued even with the current draft rules that restrict spending. They went heavy on prep pitchers in 2014, leading to Mitch Keller and Gage Hinsz. The same approach was taken in 2016.
They followed up with a similar approach this year, going with Shane Baz and Steven Jennings with their first two picks, along with projectable guys like Cody Bolton and Jacob Webb later in the draft.
I've had a chance to see all of these new pitchers, plus have discussions with each of them about their game and development leading up to the draft. Here is video and info on each pick.
We've written about Baz twice, covering him right after he was drafted, and then right after he signed. I've...
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