With the MLB draft starting in 37 days, we take a look at the updated top 200 draft prospects list from Baseball America. They will eventually expand their list to 500 spots, but that will be much closer to the start of the draft. Since this isn't a mock draft, I wanted to take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of this draft class.

We always say, and the Pirates have mentioned it many times, you should never draft for need in baseball. What is currently a need at one point, might not be a need by the time the drafted player is ready for the majors. It should always be the best player available, with the only time that need comes into play is when you rate two players at different positions the same. If you can't decide who is a better choice between a first baseman and a shortstop,...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.