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Three Young Pitching Prospects Use Instructs to Work Towards a Common Goal for 2018

(left to right) Max Kranick, Braeden Ogle and Travis MacGregor. Photo Credits: Tim Williams
Three Young Pitching Prospects Use Instructs to Work Towards a Common Goal for 2018
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted a trio of high upside pitchers in the 2016 draft. They took Travis MacGregor in the second round, lefty Braeden Ogle in the fourth round, and Max Kranick dropped to them in the 11th round, then agreed to an over-slot deal.

The three of them were each slated for Bristol this season after pitching in the GCL last year. They ended up having three completely different seasons.

Ogle established himself as one of the top pitching prospects in the system. In our Bristol recap from yesterday, he was named the top prospect. Ogle's season ended with a minor knee surgery in mid-August. It was an issue he had before signing, although it didn't really bother him until a few days prior to his surgery.

Kranick was shutdown with shoulder soreness at the end of Exten...

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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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