Pirates Draft Shortstop Cole Tucker With the 24th Overall Pick
Jun05

Pirates Draft Shortstop Cole Tucker With the 24th Overall Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates have taken shortstop Cole Tucker with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft. The pick is a surprise, as Tucker wasn’t ranked highly in any of the rankings. He was the number 84 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. His highest ranking was 62nd overall by Keith Law. The move is a surprise, since there were a lot of talented, and high upside guys on the board. Jacob Gatewood and...

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Final Mock Draft From Scout.com Has a Familiar High School Arm For Pirates
Jun05

Final Mock Draft From Scout.com Has a Familiar High School Arm For Pirates

Kiley McDaniel from Scout.com released his last mock draft, just over an hour before the start of the draft and he has pitcher Luis Ortiz going to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ortiz’s name was first mentioned with the Pirates a couple weeks ago. Early in the year, he was always rated higher, but time missed due to a forearm strain seems to have dropped his stock. He returned and looked healthy, touching 95 MPH in his first game back....

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Final Thoughts on the Pirates Top Pick Before the Draft Starts
Jun05

Final Thoughts on the Pirates Top Pick Before the Draft Starts

With all of the big mock drafts and rankings now in right before the draft starts, here is the general feeling that we are getting about the draft…we don’t know. The type of players the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to cover everything, from hurt college pitchers, college pitchers that have fallen for one reason or another, college bats at the corner infield positions, high upside, but raw prep outfielders, and some prep...

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Final Mock Draft From Keith Law, Plus Draft Links to Get You Through the Day
Jun05

Final Mock Draft From Keith Law, Plus Draft Links to Get You Through the Day

Keith Law put out his final mock draft(subscription required) this afternoon and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates going after pitcher Kyle Freeland. In his final draft rankings from yesterday, Law had Freeland ranked as the 19th best player. The 6’4″, 185 pound left-hander from Evansville has a fastball that sits low-90’s, but many believe he still has room to add strength/weight to his frame, which could add to...

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Final Mock Drafts From Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo Have Contrasting Picks For Pirates
Jun05

Final Mock Drafts From Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo Have Contrasting Picks For Pirates

On MLB.com, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis released their final mock drafts on Thursday, just hours before the draft starts. They have the Pittsburgh Pirates going in totally different directions, though the picks are ones we have heard before. Mayo has the Pirates going with Casey Gillaspie, a power-hitting first baseman from Wichita State. Gillaspie is a switch-hitter, who should hit for power and average in the majors, drawing...

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Perfect Game Mock Draft Has Pirates Taking Two High School Bats
Jun05

Perfect Game Mock Draft Has Pirates Taking Two High School Bats

Perfect Game released their final mock draft on Wednesday night. They had a seven man team contribute to the mock draft, with some pretty big names helping out, such as Kendall Rogers, Jason Parks and Allan Simpson. For the two early Pittsburgh Pirates picks, they went with shortstop Jacob Gatewood in the 24th spot and second baseman Forrest Wall in the 39th spot, both prep players. Gatewood has been mentioned often for the Pirates...

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