Pirates Draft Pat Ludwig in the Tenth Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Pat Ludwig in the tenth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Ludwig is a pitcher for Yale, and was announced as a reliever by the team. He’s another college senior, and will likely be an easy sign, as he didn’t rank in the Baseball America top 500, or their regional top prospects list. Ludwig led Yale’s pitching staff this year with a 2.73 ERA in 62.2 innings, along with a...

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Pirates Draft D.J. Crumlich in the Ninth Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates took a familiar name in the ninth round of the 2012 MLB Draft, selecting shortstop D.J. Crumlich from UC Irvine. Crumlich was taken by the Pirates last year in the 38th round, but opted to return to Irvine for his senior year. He’s got good hands and a strong arm on defense, although the knock on him last year was that he lacked range. He also lacks power, which puts his future as more of a second baseman...

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Pirates Draft Kevin Ross in the Eighth Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates took their first shortstop in the 2012 draft, selecting prep shortstop Kevin Ross in the eighth round. Ross was rated the 225th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and was taken with the 256th overall pick. He’s seen as a signable player, so the $138,200 slot price for the pick might not be an issue. Ross is 6′ 1″, 195 pounds, and like most prep shortstops, he profiles more as a...

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Pirates Draft Jacob Stallings in the Seventh Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates took their second catcher in the draft, selecting Jacob Stallings from the University of North Carolina in the seventh round. The right-handed hitting catcher is a senior, which means he’ll probably be an easy sign, and might not come close to the $148,000 slot price for the Pirates’ seventh round pick. Stallings hit for a .294/.388/.445 line in 238 at-bats this year for North Carolina, with four...

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Pirates Draft Eric Wood in the Sixth Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted third baseman Eric Wood in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Wood, a right-handed hitter, attended Blinn College and comes from the JuCo ranks. He didn’t rate on Baseball America’s top 500, making him the first guy who could really qualify as a signability pick. Wood hit for a .318/.425/.486 line in 173 at-bats this year for Blinn, with four homers. He showed some power, winning his...

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Pirates Draft Adrian Sampson in the Fifth Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted right handed pitcher Adrian Sampson with their fifth round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Sampson is a JuCo player who attended Bellevue Community College, and has a commitment to the University of Oregon. Sampson had Tommy John surgery during his senior year of high school, and went undrafted, which sent him to Junior College. He was taken in the 16th round last year by the Marlins, but didn’t sign....

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