At the start of the year, I moved across Bradenton, getting closer to Pirate City. That wasn't the goal of the move, just a fortunate side effect. After day one of the Pirates' 2017 draft, I might have to move again, getting a bit closer to the minor league complex, and maybe even trying to get a dorm room at Pirate City.

The Pirates drafted four prep players on day one, and assuming they can sign them all, that would put all four players in the GCL this summer, which means I'll be spending a lot of time in the Florida sun each afternoon.

The first two picks saw the Pirates drafting high school pitchers, with right-handed pitcher Shane Baz going 12th overall, and right-handed pitcher Steve Jennings going with the 42nd overall pick. The next two picks saw prep outfielders getting take...

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