BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates went heavy on prep players in the 2017 draft, taking high school players with their first four picks, along with a few more over-slot picks later in the draft. Those first four picks gave the draft a lot of upside, as the selection of projectable high school players can allow for one to dream about high ceilings if all comes together.
The first two picks were pitchers, but the Pirates went with prep outfielders with their two second round selections. This fills a bit of a void in the lower levels, boosting the offense at levels where the talent trends heavy on pitchers.
I've had a chance to catch up with those second round picks -- Calvin Mitchell and Conner Uselton -- along with their hitting coach Austin McClune for some early impressions. I haven't ha...
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