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Morning Report: Pirates Add an Intriguing Group of College Bats in 2017 Draft

Dylan Busby is the highest draft pick at Morgantown this year. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Morning Report: Pirates Add an Intriguing Group of College Bats in 2017 Draft
John Dreker

If you look at the Morgantown lineup on most nights, they usually have a group of 2017 draft picks near the top/middle. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent four of their position player draft picks from the top ten rounds there. They also sent two of their better late round picks there, and all six are seeing regular playing time now. I've been able to watch a dozen Morgantown games already, so I wanted to take a look at those six players and their early results.

The top draft pick on the Black Bears is third baseman Dylan Busby, who was one of the later arrivals to the team. The third round pick was playing in the College World Series, so he didn't need any time to catch up to speed once he arrived. That allowed him to get into games quickly, so I've seen him play seven of his eight games so f...

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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.

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