The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Dylan Prohoroff out of Cal St Fullerton in the eighth round of the 2016 draft. He is 6’3″, 215 pounds, and turned 21 back in November.¬†Jonathan Mayo described him as a big arm, with a big slider and poor command. He was ranked #76 in California by Baseball America, five spots behind Blake Cederlind, who the Pirates took in the fifth round.

This season at Cal State Fullerton, he pitched 26.1 innings over 20 relief appearances. He had an 0.68 ERA, with five walks and 30 strikeouts. He previously pitched as a starter at Fullerton College (Juco) where he had a 2.16 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 108.1 innings.

D1 Baseball had a report on him last month, saying that he was getting serious draft buzz due to a fastball that sits 92-94, hitting 95 MPH. He mixed it with a good slider. He has some effort to his delivery, but some better command of the fastball/slider combo could get him to the majors as a reliever.

Here is a video that was apparently uploaded by Prohoroff himself:

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  1. I personally was hoping we would draft Craig a couple of months ago. I figured we would not since he is a hit first guy. Pirates have plenty of middle infielders who can’t drive the ball. No reason to add another at this point. What we lack in the system is power. I think quality power is becoming the hardest asset to find since the slow down of the roids. I have no problem with his speed or lack of fielding expertise. Put him at first (he will look like a gold glove next to Pedro) let him hit 30HRs and drive in 100. It would be the first time in 35 years that we would have had that type of player at that position.

  2. I’d guess from the scouting report and the fact that he’s a reliever, this is a quick to the Majors sort. Unless they want to try to stretch him out as a starter.

    • No, I don’t claim to be a scout – I’m just commenting based on the actual scouting reports on the players picked so far – what did I say that was not accurate?

      • BuccosFan … I get your comment about lack of excitement.
        I was thinking about a comment discussion I was having with Tim and Lee about teams expecting to get one good starter out of each draft class.

        That would basically mean all the pundits and scouts would need to do each year is create a list of 30 (out of the 1,200 drafted) players who will eventually start. (As a bonus they could tell us who the other 50 are who will get a cup of coffee.)

        In other words the whole draft is a crap shoot. The real question is should teams focus on the non exciting things (like defense, OBP for hitters and size for pitchers) or the exciting things (like HRs, speed, and 100mph fastballs).

  3. Although some of these kids may actually turn out to be good, but….
    my initial thought is….this isn’t a very exciting draft…I am not super excited about any of the Pirates picks so far, including Craig (because he’s slow, apparently not a very good athlete or fielder, and did not fair well with wood bats at Cap Cod last Summer – and most of all, where is he going to play)….the second round pick doesn’t even register on a lot of top 200-250 prospect lists. We didn’t draft one high ceiling position player yet – a HS kid with a lot of upside, athleticism, etc. We drafted a SS who can’t hit, in third round. I think the picks that I am most enthused about so far are the 1A pick (HS LH pitcher) and the 7th round pick – catcher with USC commit….

      • Yes, you’re right – I overlooked him – he’s another that sounds like a good pick, with upside, if we can get him signed – the two LH HS pitchers and the JC catcher are my favorite picks so far….

        • So what your saying is you like close to 40% of the draft. Sounds pretty good to me. Oh wait but then you wouldn’t be able to complain.

    • Maybe Craig becomes a 1B/DH type, but the guy mashed in a very strong conference this year, including walking more than he struck out. That’s a good sign from the bat, and if a guy can hit, teams will find a way to get him in the lineup. He’s got the sort of eye you can’t teach, too.

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