Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/16-3/18

Today I added a new draft tracker to the site, University of San Francisco pitcher Kyle Zimmer. Zimmer emerged as a top of the rotation starter at San Francisco in 2011, leading his team to a win over Gerrit Cole and UCLA in the regionals with an 11 strikeout performance. He entered the 2012 season as a late first round draft candidate, although he’s moved up the draft boards in the early part of the season. Zimmer has a plus...

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2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 3/12

When looking at draft prospects you want to find a balance between potential and current results. It’s always nice to see players with talent putting up strong numbers. However, you’re drafting for future performances, and not the results a player put up in his junior year in college. The Pirates pick eighth overall, and I’ve talked a bit in the past about how there aren’t really many exciting choices at the...

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Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/9-3/11

Top prep pitching prospect Lucas Giolito recently went down with a sprained UCL, which won’t require surgery, but ends his senior year. There’s been some speculation on whether the right hander could fall in the draft due to the injury, along with questions on how likely he would be to sign a deal. The speculation is further clouded by the new collective bargaining agreement. If Giolito would have been taken second or...

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2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 3/5

The Pirates are in a much different situation this year than they have been in years past. When they had a top pick it would be great news for someone like Mike Zunino to have a huge season. Now that they’re picking eighth, that news isn’t as good. A guy like Zunino — who is putting up a .415/.489/.634 line with three homers in 41 at-bats — moves away from them the better he does. That means they’re in a...

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Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/2-3/4

The downside to last week was that Victor Roache was lost for the season, leaving one less player to track. The upside this week is that I found stats for prep third baseman Trey Williams. Williams plays for Valencia High School in California, and is a power hitting third base prospect. He was ranked as a top ten prospect by MLB.com, but was a later round guy in Baseball America’s rankings, and didn’t make Keith...

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2012 Pirates Draft Prospects Rundown: 2/27

The big news this past weekend was that top power hitting outfielder Victor Roache broke his wrist, and is likely out for the season. That will be a big blow to his draft status, since the majority of his value is based on his offense. There is no telling what kind of long term impact a wrist injury could have to Roache’s hitting. Fortunately there are still several strong prospects at the top. The players mentioned below are...

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