Third Round: Pirates Draft Third Baseman Dylan Busby

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted Florida State third baseman Dylan Busby in the third round of the 2017 MLB draft. This was the first college player taken in the 2017 draft by the Pirates, and their third position player.

Busby is an athletic player who has the chance to stick at third base. He has an average arm and good enough hands to play the infield. If he doesn’t stick at the position, he has enough range and athleticism to move to a corner outfield spot, likely left field. First base would also be an option if all else fails. His bat is what drives his value, with a lot of raw power that will allow him to play any corner spot around the field.

At 6′ 3″, 190 pounds, Busby has a good frame, and has seen his power increase the last two years. He hit 14 homers last year for Florida State, 13 this year, and had a good showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, with a .567 slugging percentage and four homers in 90 at-bats. Baseball America described him as having “plus raw power”, ranking him the 129th best prospect in the draft.

The downside to Busby’s power is that he strikes out a lot. He had a 25% strikeout rate this year with Florida State, and all of the reports on him describe a swing that is long and a lack of control of the strike zone. The Pirates typically go for guys who can control the strike zone at the expense of some power, but they have been known to take guys who do the opposite, with 2015 third round pick Casey Hughston being a recent example of a guy with plus power and swing and miss issues.

The Pirates have also been known to make adjustments with players to shorten their swing and try to cut down on strikeouts. They probably won’t make any adjustments with Busby right away, allowing for some time to evaluate his game. But if the strikeouts are an issue during his debut with Morgantown, it will be interesting to see how they address his development over the offseason during instructs.

Here is his player page.

  • I actually thought it said Dylan Busey when I first glanced and got excited at the prospect of Gary Busey in the stands acting like, well, Gary Busey.

  • scrappy2499
    June 13, 2017 3:50 pm

    Raw power with high strike out rate. Pedro made a good living with those qualities until he got the throwing yips…if he can play good defense, make the throws across the diamond, and bang out 25 to 30 long balls can maybe overlook the strikeouts…or they fix the problem and no worries.

  • jason f (exo)
    June 13, 2017 2:08 pm

    Pirates are crushing it with video game named player in this draft!

  • Jason Delay – first senior sign.

    • Robert Reznik
      June 13, 2017 2:04 pm

      Wow! High praise from a guy who has been following this draft stuff for awhile. Hope he is right. 25% K rate not too attractive though

  • Gotta love MLB for the draft cap spending…every year now we have to play this money game now. Smh. I know, I know…it’s old news. But it’s still amazing that baseball had no hesitation to cap draft spending but never wanted to touch MLB spending except through taxes

  • Happy to see them grabbing some thumpers.

  • Robert Reznik
    June 13, 2017 1:39 pm

    Well at least it gives us a player to watch in the CWS

  • I think it is safe to say this is a below slot pick to save money for the top 4 guys.

    • Or to save money for rounds 11-40. Or both.

    • Possibly, but not an extreme reach either. It’s not like they took a guy that wasn’t ranked at all. He has some projection. I don’t think you’ll see a ton saved on this pick.

      • I was basing it more off the fact that he is the first college guy they have taken.

        • Darkstone42
          June 13, 2017 1:43 pm

          He’s a junior, though. He doesn’t absolutely have to sign. If he were a senior, I could see that, but not with a junior.

  • Baseball America
    “Shows power, but high strikeout rate clouds his draft stock”
    Wasn’t drafted out of high school

  • Darkstone42
    June 13, 2017 1:26 pm

    I like this pick. I love the approach they teach their hitters at Florida State, and he’s got some pop. He’ll be very comfortable right away with the way the Pirates teach hitting. Has the hands and arm to stick at third, too.

    • meatygettingsaucy
      June 13, 2017 1:53 pm

      he’ll need to learn strike zone judgment and adjust his swing slightly. Like the other tools: raw power, ability to stick in the infield as at least an average defender

    • I’m interested – What is the approach that they teach hitters at Florida State and why do you like it? Sounds interesting.

      • The focus is on avoiding outs above all else. The lineup is loaded with OBP machines. They’re very selective. Busby himself has flawed zone command, but a couple modifications from that patient, selective approach at FSU to get him attacking the pitches he likes earlier in the counts should be both a simple and productive transition, provided he has the contact skill to take advantage of it.

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