BRADENTON, Fla. - I don't know if the Pirates made a specific decision to change their strategy of seeking power in the draft. What I do know is that the results from the 2017 draft class were much different than the draft classes from previous years.

The Pirates had a trend of drafting a lot of players who lacked power, but who got on base, hit for average, and played a premium defensive position. The upside with these guys was low, although the risk was also low. This led to a lot of guys reaching the upper levels who could reach the majors in a bench role, or perhaps make it as an average starter at best.

The 2017 draft saw more guys drafted with power potential than we've seen drafted by the Pirates in previous years. Two of those guys came from the prep ranks, and both could hav...

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