Pirates Draft Brandon Thomas in the Fourth Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates took outfielder Brandon Thomas in the fourth round with the 136th overall pick. Thomas played for Georgia Tech, spending most of his time in left field, although that was due to fellow 2012 draft prospect Kyle Wren playing center field. Thomas has plus speed and can play center field. He’s a switch hitter who has average power at best, with a good chance for value if he can stick in center or fulfill that...

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Pirates Draft Jonathan Sandfort in the Third Round

With their third round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected prep pitcher Jonathan Sandfort. The right hander is 6′ 5″, 220 pounds and has touched 94 MPH with his fastball. He typically sits 88-91 MPH, but has a projectable frame with the ability to add velocity going forward. Sandfort was rated the 255th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America. He has a commitment to the University of Florida,...

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Pirates Draft Wyatt Mathisen in the Second Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted catcher Wyatt Mathisen with the 69th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Mathisen was considered the top high school catching prospect in the draft, and unlike a lot of high school catchers, projects to remain behind the plate. He has a plus arm and good intangibles. He’s athletic enough that his team used him more as a shortstop this year, although he has what it takes to be a...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Draft Day Two Preview

Day two of the 2012 MLB Draft will see rounds two through 15. The Pirates have pick number 69, 103, 136, and then pick after every 30 spots for the remainder of the draft. A big story line for day two will be how the Pirates control their draft budget after the Mark Appel pick. I don’t think they’ll take any blatantly signable picks, as that would hurt their negotiations with Appel. However, I could see them taking guys...

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Draft Day One Recap: Pirates Add Another Potential Number One to the Mix

Coming in to the 2012 Draft, every mock draft had the same seven players going in the first seven picks. A few mock drafts mentioned the possibility of some players falling — mainly Mike Zunino and Albert Almora — but no one expected Mark Appel to fall. But he fell, and fell, and landed with the Pittsburgh Pirates with the eighth overall pick. “We said we were going to stay true to the board. We said we’d take the...

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Pirates Draft Barrett Barnes in the Comp Round

With the 45th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder Barrett Barnes. The Texas Tech outfielder has plus power from the right handed side of the plate, and has the possibility to stick in center field. If he moves to a corner it would be left field, due to a lack of arm strength. Barnes is a pull hitter, so PNC Park might eventually diminish his power if he makes it to the majors. Barnes hit for a...

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