Draft Day Three Preview: Saving This Pirates Draft
Jun07

Draft Day Three Preview: Saving This Pirates Draft

Normally for my day three preview, I write about how it is still possible to find talent on day three of the draft. I mention that Casey Sadler was a 25th round pick, or point out guys like Phil Irwin, or sleeper prospects like Ryan Hafner. I’ll point out missed opportunities like Trea Turner (21st round pick in 2011, 13th overall this year). The focus will be that the Pirates got a lot of talent in rounds 1-10, but that...

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First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – A Disappointing Draft, So Far
Jun07

First Pitch: Day Two Reactions – A Disappointing Draft, So Far

Day two of the draft is over, and all of the slot picks for the 2014 bonus pool have been selected. Just like last night we will give our reactions to the picks. You can check out the recap of the day here. Wilbur Miller and John Dreker were both following the draft today, with the three of us working to find information on the new Pirates prospects. You can find all of our thoughts below. Tim Williams After the day one picks, I...

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Draft Day Two Recap: Pirates Go College Heavy on Day Two
Jun06

Draft Day Two Recap: Pirates Go College Heavy on Day Two

The Pittsburgh Pirates went college heavy on day two of the draft, one day after taking prep players with three of their four picks. They stuck to familiar categories, taking outfielders and right-handed pitchers with the majority of their picks. There were two catchers and a shortstop taken on day two. The surprising thing was that with so many college guys, the Pirates don’t project to need additional slot money to sign their...

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Tenth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Alex McRae
Jun06

Tenth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Alex McRae

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Alex McRae in the tenth round of the 2014 MLB draft. McRae is a junior from Jacksonville University, and had a down season this year. He put up a 6.06 ERA in 87.2 innings, with a 69:32 K/BB ratio. He’s 6′ 3″, 185 pounds, and throws 89-93 MPH with a solid slider. McRae wasn’t ranked in Baseball America’s top 500 prospects. McRae still has room to add...

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Ninth Round: Pirates Draft Catcher Kevin Krause
Jun06

Ninth Round: Pirates Draft Catcher Kevin Krause

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted catcher Kevin Krause in the ninth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Krause is from Stony Brook University. Krause hit for a .354/.441/.551 line with eight homers in 198 at-bats this past season. Baseball America rated him the 298th best prospect in the draft, and said he has the physical tools to remain behind the plate. He hasn’t played catcher full time, spending time in the outfield. Krause put...

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Eighth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Austin Coley
Jun06

Eighth Round: Pirates Draft RHP Austin Coley

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Austin Coley in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Coley was drafted in the 27th round by the Mets last year, and is from Belmont University. He had a 2.72 ERA in 82.2 innings this year, with an 85:42 K/BB ratio. That came after he had mono coming into the season. Coley is 6′ 3″, 200 pounds, and has a downhill plane with a lot of movement on his fastball. Dr....

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