As the more fanatical Pirate fans are all well aware, the Pirates in recent drafts have followed a fairly extreme pattern of focusing on prep pitchers.  In 2009, they selected high school pitchers with five of their first nine picks.  In 2010, it was seven of their first ten, although they failed to sign four of the seven.  In 2011, it was five of the first nine.  The strategy seems clear:  By selecting projectable teenagers who have not matured physically, the Pirates are trying to maximize their chances of finding high-ceiling prospects who may break out as they gain strength and experience.  College players, being older, are more predictable and, consequently, the odds of a future star slipping to the fifth or tenth round are much lower.  The approach of looking for projectable pitchers...

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