For years the Pirates have gone with a strategy of drafting projectable prep pitchers in the middle rounds, giving them above-slot bonuses, and hoping they develop into a great pitcher one day. There are plenty of examples of this happening. Go through the history of top college pitchers and you'll find tons of guys who were either drafted low out of high school, or weren't even drafted at all. Perhaps the biggest example would be Stephen Strasburg, who went from being undrafted out of high school, to the best draft prospect ever three years later.

Expecting someone to become the next Strasburg would be unfair. But it's not out of the question to expect a strong number three starter, a number two, or even an ace to emerge from this approach of drafting prep pitchers and giving them over...

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