2018 Draft

Draft Prospect Watch: An Early Look at Two of the Top Players in this Draft Class

Draft Prospect Watch: An Early Look at Two of the Top Players in this Draft Class
John Dreker

If you missed it, we posted our 2018 amateur draft preview last Sunday. Now with exactly 100 days left before the draft, we take a look at two of the players who were mentioned a few times in that article. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the tenth overall selection in the draft. Both Jackson Kowar and Jarred Kelenic were players who ranked near the tenth spot in early draft rankings, so they kick-off our coverage.

Every Saturday, we are going to add reports for two players who look like possibilities for the Pirates in the first round. As we get closer to the draft,  we will be able to focus in on specific players who appear to be the most likely option for the Pirates, who haven't picked this high since selecting Austin Meadows ninth overall in 2013.

We start with Jackson Kowar, who is ...

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2018 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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