MLB announced the order for the competitive balance picks in the 2023 draft and the Pittsburgh Pirates got the worst possible outcome. It was already decided before this year that they would pick after the second round (they will pick after the first round in 2024), but today it was announced that the Pirates will have the final competitive balance pick. There were six teams in the pool for the competitive balance round B, so it was possible to pick up to five spots earlier in the draft if they did better during the season (explanation at the bottom of the article), though that would have worked against them in every other round. The actual spot for the pick itself will be decided once the qualified free agents sign.
The link above has details about the free agents who will be the deciding factor in where this pick ends up. In the past it has been around the 70th-75th overall range. The Pirates are in the lottery for the top six picks that will take place next week. They will end up somewhere between the 1st pick overall and the ninth pick.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.