Rounds 21-25: Pirates Draft a Familiar Face

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted a familiar face in the 23rd round when they took right handed pitcher Jordan Cooper.  Cooper was originally selected in the 17th round of the 2009 draft by the Pirates, but ended up honoring his commitment to the University of Kentucky.  Baseball America rated him as the 12th best prospect in Kentucky this year.  He struggled this year in the Kentucky rotation as a weekend starter, but saw his success...

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Rounds 16-20: Pirates Grab Aaron Brown

The Pittsburgh Pirates added a little bit of variety in the 16-20 rounds.  They took a college pitcher, their first since taking Gerrit Cole in the first round.  They also drafted a prep shortstop.  The highlight of this group of rounds was 17th round pick Aaron Brown, a two way player who ranks as the 149th best prospect in Baseball America’s rankings.  Brown is a left handed pitcher and an outfielder, but the Pirates drafted...

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Rounds 11-15: Pirates Load Up on Center Fielders

Three of the five picks for the Pittsburgh Pirates in rounds 11-15 were center fielders out of the prep ranks.  You might be wondering why they would draft this many players from one position.  Typically, center fielders out of high school project to be athletes.  Teams put their best athletes at either shortstop, center field, or if they can handle it, catcher.  The guys they took are also out of the prep ranks, so don’t expect...

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Rounds 6-10: Pirates Take Three Prep Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued a familiar strategy in rounds six through ten, selecting three prep pitchers out of their five picks.  They started out by taking third baseman Daniel Gamache out of Auburn in the sixth round.  In the seventh through ninth rounds they took prep right handers Jake Burnette, Jason Creasy, and Clay Holmes respectively.  Holmes was rated the 140th best prospect in Baseball America’s top 200 rankings....

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Pirates Take Prep Pitchers in 4th and 5th Rounds

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected prep pitchers in the fourth and fifth rounds, taking Colten Brewer in the fourth round, and Tyler Glasnow in the fifth round. Colten Brewer Brewer wasn’t ranked in the Baseball America top 200, although he was the #38 prospect out of Texas this year.  He works in the 87-91 MPH range, touching 93 with a sinking fastball.  He is 6′ 4″, 200 pounds, which gives him the chance to fill out and add velocity...

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Pirates Draft Alex Dickerson in the Third Round

After selecting Baseball America’s 15th ranked prospect in the second round, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Alex Dickerson in the third round, rated 42nd overall by Baseball America.  Dickerson has played outfield with Indiana, but ultimately profiles as a first baseman due to his 6′ 3″, 225 pound frame.  He’s a left hander who gets his value from the bat, with a .367/.440/.540 line in 215 at-bats in 2011....

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