Sixth Round: Pirates Draft Adam Frazier, SS

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Mississippi State shortstop Adam Frazier in the sixth round of the MLB draft. Frazier hit for a .344/.393/.451 line in 273 at-bats this year. The draft is light on college shortstops, and Frazier is one of the top options, ranked 142nd by Baseball America. Defensively Frazier has an average arm, but strong instincts and good agility and footwork. He looks more like a utility infielder in the future,...

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Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Trae Arbet

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted prep shortstop Trae Arbet in the fifth round of the MLB draft. Arbet was the 114th best player in Baseball America’s rankings. He’s a very athletic shortstop with good bat speed and gap power. Defensively he’s good, with solid range, instincts and arm. It’s never a guarantee that prep shortstops will stick at the position, and there are concerns that Arbet will move to second...

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Fourth Round: Pirates Draft Cody Dickson

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted LHP Cody Dickson from Sam Houston StateĀ in the fourth round of the MLB draft. Dickson is a 6′ 3″, 180 pound left hander who has had some problems with his delivery, but has a projectable frame and an easy throwing motion. He had a 4.26 ERA in 95 innings this year, with a 91:51 K/BB ratio. That was a big increase in strikeouts from last year, when he had a 46:38 K/BB ratio in 72 innings, along...

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Third Round: Pirates Draft JaCoby Jones

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted LSU center fielder JaCoby JonesĀ in the third round of the 2013 MLB draft. Jones was in the eighth tier of our top 100 rankings. He was rated 87th overall by Keith Law and 75th by Baseball America. Jones hit for a .283/.382/.417 line in 187 at-bats this year, with five homers. He also stole 12 bases in 15 attempts. The results weren’t much better last year, with a .253/.308/.363 line in 245 at-bats...

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Draft Links: Pirates Among Day One Winners

Day two of the draft is about an hour and a half away. The Pirates went for upside on day one, taking two prep hitters in the first round, and a prep pitcher in the second round. You can read the day one recap here, and our day one reactions here. Also, here is a preview to get you started on day two. As usual, day one of the draft is followed by “Winners and Losers” lists, as well as some other analysis on the picks....

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Draft Day Two Preview: Any Reason to Create Extra Slot Money?

Today is day two of the 2013 MLB draft. Day two consists of rounds three through ten. Last year the Pirates went with the best available players through the fifth round of the draft, then turned to signability picks in the 6-10 rounds to create money for Mark Appel. They ended up using that money on 16th-18th round picks Max Moroff, Hayden Hurst, and John Kuchno. This year there isn’t any reason to create slot space…yet....

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