Seventh Round: Pirates Draft Shortstop Nelson Jorge
Jun06

Seventh Round: Pirates Draft Shortstop Nelson Jorge

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted Nelson Jorge, a shortstop from the International Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico in the seventh round of the 2014 MLB draft. Jorge is a good runner, and has good arm strength. Perfect Game reports that he ran a 6.96 sixty yard dash, and has been as quick as 6.54. The better number is about 65-70 speed. Jorge is a switch hitter, but he’s better left-handed. He’s got good bat speed from...

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Sixth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Tyler Eppler
Jun06

Sixth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Tyler Eppler

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted Tyler Eppler, a right handed pitcher from Sam Houston State, in the sixth round. Eppler sits in the 88-93 MPH range with his fastball, and can touch up to 95 MPH. He doesn’t have much life to the fastball, but projects to have average control. He needs some work with his secondary stuff. He throws an 11-to-5 curveball, a mid-80s cutter, and a changeup which gets mixed reviews, but which some...

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Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Right Fielder Michael Suchy
Jun06

Fifth Round: Pirates Draft Right Fielder Michael Suchy

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right fielder Michael Suchy in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Suchy is from Florida Gulf Coast University, and went to high school in Bradenton, FL. This is the third right fielder the Pirates have drafted in the top five rounds. Suchy seems like more of a project than Connor Joe and Jordan Luplow. He’s a toolsy outfielder who played football in high school, and has a big 6′...

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Fourth Round: Pirates Draft Catcher Taylor Gushue
Jun06

Fourth Round: Pirates Draft Catcher Taylor Gushue

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted catcher Taylor Gushue from the University of Florida in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Gushue is young for a college player, graduating early from high school in December 2011, and enrolling in Florida the following Spring. So despite being drafted out of college, he’s only 20 years old. After Mike Zunino was drafted, Gushue moved behind the plate for Florida, and put up some good...

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Third Round: Pirates Draft RF Jordan Luplow
Jun06

Third Round: Pirates Draft RF Jordan Luplow

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right fielder Jordan Luplow from Fresno State in the third round with the 100th overall pick in the draft. This is not a bad pick in the third round. Luplow was ranked 103rd overall by Baseball America. He was slightly higher by MLB.com (94th) and Keith Law (95th). He’s had some medical problems in the past, needing labrum surgery during his senior year of high school, and dealing with injury...

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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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