Draft Day Two Preview: Pirates Set Up For Some Over-Slot Picks?
Jun06

Draft Day Two Preview: Pirates Set Up For Some Over-Slot Picks?

This is the third year where the draft spending has been restricted under the new CBA. We’ve seen the Pirates take two different approaches so far on day two. In 2012, they drafted Mark Appel with their first pick, then spent day two trying to create bonus pool money to sign him. That resulted in drafting players for signability purposes in rounds 6-10, and when Appel didn’t sign, it created a much weaker draft class. Last...

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Prospect Highlights: Getting to Know the New Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks
Jun06

Prospect Highlights: Getting to Know the New Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks

The first day of the 2014 amateur draft was yesterday and the Pittsburgh Pirates added four new players to the system. Below, you will find highlight videos of all four players. The Pirates Prospect player pages for all four players can be found in the link under their name. For a recap of the draft from day one, check this link here. Three of the videos were provided by Big League Futures, a site that does fantastic work getting...

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Draft Day One Recap: What Needs to Happen to Justify These Pirates Picks?
Jun06

Draft Day One Recap: What Needs to Happen to Justify These Pirates Picks?

My initial reaction when the Pittsburgh Pirates made their first two picks in today’s draft was that the Pirates reached on both picks, and didn’t get the best value at their positions. The Pirates will say that they stuck to their draft board, and they will say that they trust their board over national pundits like Baseball America, MLB.com, and Keith Law. My reaction is still that they reached and didn’t get good...

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Pirates Draft Trey Supak With the 73rd Overall Pick
Jun05

Pirates Draft Trey Supak With the 73rd Overall Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Trey Supak from La Grange High School in the Competitive Balance B round with the 73rd overall pick. Just like the previous selection, Supak is a highly projectable right-hander. He’s 6′ 4″, 209 pounds, and has been working in the 89-92 MPH range, touching 94 this year. He has loose arm action, and throws on a downhill plane, which is something the Pirates...

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Pirates Draft RHP Mitch Keller in the Second Round
Jun05

Pirates Draft RHP Mitch Keller in the Second Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller from Xavier High School in the second round with the 64th overall pick. Unlike the previous two picks, Keller was ranked close to this pick. He was ranked 76th by Baseball America, and the highest he was ranked was 63rd by Keith Law. Keller is 6′ 3″, 195 pounds and has a projectable frame. He sits 90-94 MPH, touching 95. Baseball America says he has the...

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Pirates Draft Connor Joe With the 39th Overall Pick
Jun05

Pirates Draft Connor Joe With the 39th Overall Pick

With the 39th pick in the 2014 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Connor Joe. This was the pick the Pirates acquired for Bryan Morris. Just like with their first pick, the Pirates are going against the consensus rankings. Joe is ranked pretty low, being ranked 102nd by Baseball America, 110th by MLB.com, and unranked by Keith Law in his top 100. Scout.com had him the highest, at number 92. One thing to point out is that, while guys...

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