Draft Prospect Watch: Some Hitting By the Top Third Base Prospects

Third baseman Colin Moran had a good game today, as North Carolina rolled over Seton Hall by a 17-2 score. Moran went 2-for-5, with three runs scored, two RBIs and a walk. His big hit was a two-run single in the fifth inning. Yesterday’s North Carolina game was rained out. Moran went 0-for-3 in the opener. 2013 draft

The other top third baseman in the draft, Kris Bryant, went 1-for-3, with two walks and two strikeouts during San Diego’s 5-3 loss to San Diego State. He finished the weekend 2-for-9, with four walks and a double.

Stanford’s right fielder Austin Wilson sat out his second game in a row with a mild strain below his elbow. The injury, which caused him to leave Friday night’s game, is not considered serious.

Rowdy Tellez, a left-handed hitting prep first baseman out of California, went 3-for-4 with four walks over the weekend. He was ranked 38th overall by Baseball America in their pre-season top 50 draft prospects rankings.

Zack Powers, the first baseman from Florida, had a big Sunday to finish up his weekend. He went 3-for-6 over the three game series against Duke, with two homers and nine RBIs. Both of those homers and all nine RBIs came during today’s 16-4 win. Powers was the 28th round pick of the Pirates in 2010.

Aaron Brown, who went unsigned by the Pirates in the 17th round of the 2011 draft, is a starting pitcher and backup outfielder for Pepperdine. He went 5.2 innings today, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits, four walks and he struck out five. He has also been used twice as a defensive replacement in center field.

Dale Carey went 3-for-10, with a double, triple and two RBIs over the weekend. He was the 21st round pick by the Pirates in the 2010 draft, but chose to go to Florida, where he plays center field. Baseball America ranked him 85th among draft-eligible college players.

A note from Friday night on Bobby Wahl’s start. The right-hander from Mississippi hit 95 MPH during his start. Wahl went 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, three walks and he struck out eight batters. Baseball America had him ranked seventh overall among college players in this year’s draft.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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I skip over the stats for Prep guys. They hold 0 weight; unless you tell me they are going up against a Great Prep Arm.

Steve Zielinski

It’s strange to read that Brown now pitches. The Pirates drafted him as an outfielder and he was known as an outfielder before the draft.

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