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An Early Look at the 2018 Draft Class and What it Could Mean for the Pirates

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An Early Look at the 2018 Draft Class and What it Could Mean for the Pirates
John Dreker

MLB Pipeline posted a mock draft on Wednesday morning, going through the first ten picks of the 2018 amateur draft with both Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo making selections. The Pittsburgh Pirates own the tenth overall pick in the 2018 draft. Before getting into their picks, I need to point out this tweet by Callis from yesterday.

https://twitter.com/jimcallisMLB/status/938062061539680256

The 2011 draft was when the Pirates took Gerrit Cole first overall, but they had about nine players who could have been first overall picks that year. Not every one of them worked out, though players like Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, Jose Fernandez, Anthony Rendon and George Springer were strong options and Josh Bell dropped to the second round due to bonus demands. So while it might not be as good...

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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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