Pirates Receive Competitive Balance Pick in 2016 Draft

The Competitive Balance Lottery was held on Wednesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended up with the sixth overall pick in the Comp A round. The final draft placement will depend on what happens in free agency this upcoming off-season, but in 2015, the sixth overall Comp A round pick ended up being the 42nd overall pick. Last year the Pirates were shutout during the lottery, failing to receive a pick in round A or B.

Receiving the extra pick will also mean a bigger draft pool for the Pirates to work with next year. Again, just going by 2015 placement, the 42nd pick was valued at $1,468,600 so the Pirates pick should be somewhere in that general area.

  • Glad they got it. Process is still absolute nonsense.

  • I’ve had a tough time watching the pirates play this year(last year to) as they are a very frustrating team to watch for a number of reasons. Since the all star break this has only gotten worse. Not a very fun or exciting brand of baseball to watch, yes they win, it’s just boring sabre baseball.

  • Trade that pick for an infielder.

  • This pick can be traded? Correct. If so then maybe we can get a ARAM without giving up something in the system or Marlon Byrd. Just saying

  • I am hoping the Cardinals missed out this year.

  • John, how much more will our draft pool be (hypothetically just based on this last year) since we will have the competitive pick but not the comp pick?

    • Jared…a hypothetical case is above in the article.

    • John Dreker
      July 22, 2015 7:10 pm

      If you assume the Pirates remain the third best team as well, then they would have less to spend than last year, even with a slight bump in slot amounts. They had the 19th and 32nd pick this year, which could turn into 24-27(depending on free agents signed) and the 42’ish pick next year, plus lower picks each round afterwards

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 22, 2015 5:00 pm

    Maybe we can use this high pick to draft another Conner Joe??

    • Are you always so negative about everything? Jesus Christ, they have the third best record in baseball. Bet you’re a real buzzkill at the bar!

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        July 22, 2015 6:26 pm

        No, I’m not always negative – you obviously only selectively read or remember. But, when I see what I consider dumb decisions, I will voice my opinions. I didn’t know the site was just for team cheerleaders? I’ve probably been fan of the team longer than you’ve been alive – and I was a loyal fan through the recent 20 years of losing baseball. I even support their minor league teams by attending a number of games every year. I’m not like the so many bandwagon fans who have hopped on in the past 2-3 years.

        I was critical of the Joe pick when it was made, and was roundly criticized for saying so (just as you are now) so, yes I will continually remind them of that….

        I’m not content to just make the playoffs as a wild card – I want the team to go much deeper. But, they need to make better decisions with personnel, trust their own prospects more, and get these guys to play better fundamental baseball.

        • The problem is a talent gap at AAA. The only real infield prospect there is Hanson. They won’t bring him up to play short or third and as much as everyone wants to move Walker to third to accommodate that, you don’t just move a guy to a new position and play him there on the fly. They are supposedly giving Hanson reps at third, once they play him there at Indy, he should become an option.

          I’ve been a fan since 1970 from the middle of Cincinnati Reds country. So I’ve been through it all just like you have. So I feel your pain.

      • I’m with you. Some comments should be written then deleted before hitting send. I bet BFSMD is the holy terror of every fantasy league in the area. Must be a great feeling being perfect. Hope i never find out.

  • If we loose players via free agency, we could end up with a comp pick in the 1st or 2nd round.

    • If we lose them? Who are we losing to Free Agency?

      And, if we do, we’d have to QO them. Surely we are not going to QO the likes of Sean Rod or Bastardo.

      • Walker could possibly receive a QO. Then hope he turns it down get a long term deal at $12 per year or so.

  • So excited for the bigger draft pool!

  • That’s great news. We won’t get a pick for a free agent this year so that extra pick will help….

  • Zachary Asman
    July 22, 2015 4:25 pm

    These picks can be traded, right? So it could also become a potential asset during trade negotiations. Not much, but could be enticing for a team.

  • Nice. More money to sign whoever the 2016 version of Kyle Funkhouser is or whoever falls due to signing demands.

  • Patrick Kelly
    July 22, 2015 4:08 pm

    So just an A round pick, nothing in the B round? That is better than nothing I guess.

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