First Pitch: Reactions to the Day One Picks

Day one of the 2013 MLB Draft is in the books. The Pittsburgh Pirates took Austin Meadows with their first pick, Reese McGuire with their second pick in the first round, and Blake Taylor with their second round pick. For more on the three picks, check out our Day One Recap. John Dreker and Wilbur Miller have been following the draft prospects all year, and were both following along tonight. Below you will find our thoughts on day one,...

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Draft Day One Recap: Pirates Go With High Upside Prep Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a theme on day one of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft: left-handed prep players. With their first pick, the Pirates took Austin Meadows, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Georgia. With their second pick in the first round, the Pirates took Reese McGuire, a left-handed hitting prep catcher from San Diego. Then in the second round the Pirates took Blake Taylor, a left-handed prep pitcher. With the...

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Pirates Draft Blake Taylor With the 51st Overall Pick

With the 51st pick in the 2013 MLB draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected left-handed prep pitcher Blake Taylor. We had Taylor in our “Hopefully They Fall to the Second Round” tier in our Top 100 Draft Rankings. He’s a projectable left-hander who sits 89-92 MPH with his fastball, and has good movement. He has touched mid-90s with the pitch, and has a good curveball. He has a clean and easy delivery, and could...

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Pirates Draft Reese McGuire With the 14th Overall Pick

With the 14th pick in the 2013 MLB draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected prep catcher Reese McGuire. All of the final mock drafts that came out today had McGuire going to the Pirates with the 9th pick, but the Pirates opted to go with Austin Meadows. Earlier this week I talked with Jim Callis of Baseball America on the Pirates Prospects Podcast about McGuire. Callis noted that he would be the best catching prospect in the system, and...

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Pirates Draft Austin Meadows With the 9th Overall Pick

With the ninth pick in the 2013 MLB draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Austin Meadows. That’s a bit of a surprise since the Pirates have been linked to Reese McGuire, who was still on the board. McGuire is most likely going to be gone when the Pirates pick 14th overall. Meadows is a high upside outfield bat who is very athletic and has the range to stick in center. He’s got a smooth and easy swing, and Baseball America...

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Jim Callis Releases His Final Mock Draft

Jim Callis of Baseball America has released his final mock draft, and has the Pirates taking two familiar names. With the ninth pick, Callis has the Pirates taking Reese McGuire, while D.J. Peterson is going with the 14th pick. Callis has had McGuire going to the Pirates ninth overall in each of his last three mock drafts. He notes that the Pirates will take one of McGuire, Austin Meadows, or Trey Ball, although only Meadows is on the...

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