2017 Draft

2017 Draft Report Card: Baseball America Grades the Pittsburgh Pirates

Mason Martin received a lot of recognition for his strong debut. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
2017 Draft Report Card: Baseball America Grades the Pittsburgh Pirates
John Dreker

On Tuesday morning, Baseball America released their 2017 draft report card for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Every year, the recap the draft, highlighting the players with the best tools from the class, as well as other areas, such as the best late round pick, most intriguing background and the pick that got away. For a full look at the report, click the link above, which was written up by J.J. Cooper.

We start with the pitching side, because that's where the Pirates started when they chose right-handed prep pitcher Shane Baz with the 12th overall pick. Baz was rated as having the best fastball in the class. We saw some inconsistencies with his velocity, especially with runners on base. BA mentions that he hits 93-96 consistently, which was true from the windup. With runners on base, we saw t...

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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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