Rounds 31-35: Pirates Draft Jared Goedert’s Brother

2013 draftMost of the guys in rounds 31-45 are either not signing, or are organizational guys. There were two notable names at the end of this group. The first name was Connor Goedert, which is notable because he is the younger brother of Pirates’ minor leaguer Jared Goedert. The second was Cody Beam. He’s notable because he’s the third pitcher the Pirates have drafted out of Dallas Baptist in the last few years, following 2012 27th round pick Jake Johansen (who was taken by Washington in the second round this year) and 2009 first round compensation pick Vic Black.

31st Round, 929th Overall: Tevin Johnson, RF, Gulf Coast CC

Johnson was drafted in the late rounds by the Texas Rangers last year, but opted to go to Gulf Coast CC. He didn’t have a strong year at the plate, with a lot of strikeouts, although he did have some decent power. He didn’t sign last year when Texas drafted him two rounds lower, so it seems unlikely that he’d sign one year later in the same position. – Tim Williams

32nd Round, 959th Overall: Christian Ibarra, 3B, LSU

Ibarra is a very small player, who provides great defense, gets on base and has some surprising pop for his size. He transferred to LSU for the 2013 season, previously playing JUCO ball for Rio Hondo College. While there, he was regarded as the best JUCO shortstop in California. He was drafted as a third baseman, but he has the glove and arm to play shortstop. Ibarra can throw 90 MPH, so the arm strength is there. He seems to be lacking speed, so it’s possible that his range is limited as well. – John Dreker

33rd Round, 989th Overall: Reagan Bazar, RHP, Salado HS (TX)

Bazar seems like a typical Pirates pick. He’s a huge pitcher with a projectable frame, and currently throws 90 MPH. He only threw 30 innings during the 2012 season due to tendinitis in high right shoulder. He underwent intense physical therapy and was able to come back strong from the injury. He also throws a curveball and a changeup. He wasn’t ranked among 110 players in Baseball America’s Texas rankings in a class that was considered “Not up to par”. He’s an intriguing option because of his size. Bazar has a commitment to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and seems unlikely to sign. – Tim Williams

34th Round, 1019th Overall: Connor Goedert, 3B, Neosho County CC

Connor is the brother of current Pirates minor leaguer Jared Goedert, who is also a third baseman. His dad also played college ball so he comes from good bloodlines.The younger Goedert has a commitment to Wichita State for next season, though they just fired their long-time coach, so the Pirates may have another way to lure him away from college besides the family angle. This year at Noesho Community College, he led the team in doubles, homers, RBI’s, runs, hits, total bases and slugging. He is an athletic kid, playing basketball in HS as well. – John Dreker

35th Round, 1049th Overall: Cody Beam, RHP, Dallas Baptist University

Beam is the third right-hander taken out of Dallas Baptist in the last few years, following unsigned 2012 27th pick Jake Johansen, and 2009 first round compensation pick Vic Black. He started his career with Des Moines Area CC, before moving to DBU in 2013. Beam has a three pitch mix, highlighted by a 94 MPH fastball. The fastball is ahead of the slider and changeup, with the other two getting hit hard at times. Beam was the 57th best prospect in Texas this year, according to Baseball America, with the top 52 players appearing in the Baseball America top 500. – Tim Williams

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