Pirates Draft Mark Appel in the First Round

With the eighth pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. The right-hander was one of the top prospects in the draft, but fell unexpectedly to the Pirates. There were rumors that his adviser, Scott Boras, was pushing him down in the draft with high demands, which could make his negotiations interesting. The 6′ 5″ right hander entered the year as the top prospect in the...

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Draft Notes: BA Updated Top 50, Mayo Notes

The draft is about four and a half hours away. We’re already getting a ton of predictions this morning, although no picks have been really locked in, making the top eight fluid at this point. Here are two updates on the draft rankings and what could happen. **Baseball America has released their updated top 50 rankings. They’ve got Albert Almora ranked eighth, with Max Fried jumping up in to the top seven. Other notables...

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Pirates Mock Draft Trends: Zunino, Almora, or Dahl

Four mock drafts have been updated today, with Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, Jonathan Mayo, and Keith Law all weighing in for the final time. There has only been one trend in each mock draft: the top seven players will all be gone before the Pirates pick. Mark Appel, Byron Buxton, Kevin Gausman, Mike Zunino, Carlos Correa, Kyle Zimmer, and Albert Almora have been off the board in each mock draft when the Pirates pick eighth....

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Keith Law Now Going With David Dahl

UPDATE 1:48 PM: Law now says that David Dahl is the pick, assuming Almora and Zunino are gone. In his final mock draft, Keith Law has the Pittsburgh Pirates taking Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero. However, the pick isn’t a lock, as Law notes. He mentions that they’re linked to Max Fried, Lucas Giolito, Chris Stratton, and David Dahl. All of this assumes that Albert Almora and Mike Zunino are off the board. Law had...

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Jonathan Mayo Sticks With Max Fried in Latest Mock Draft

For his past two mock drafts, Jonathan Mayo has gone with left-handed prep pitcher Max Fried for the Pirates’ pick in the first round. In his latest mock draft he has Fried once again. Mayo had the usual top seven guys going in order before Pittsburgh picked eighth. He noted that the pick could be Deven Marrero or Chris Stratton if the Pirates went the college route, but that Fried’s upside might be too much to pass...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Draft Chat

I will be holding a live chat that will last throughout the first day of the 2012 draft. The chat will start at 6:00 PM EST, and will last until day one is complete. You can submit your questions below, then check back at 6:00 for the chat, and to follow along with the draft...

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