Originally written February 01, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
Baseball America has released their pre-season 2013 draft rankings today for subscribers. Because the list is only for subscribers, I’ll give a few highlights below. **Mark Appel is the top prospect for the second year in a row. **The Pirates currently pick 9th and 14th. The 9th ranked prospect is prep shortstop J.P. Crawford, who BA says has a “slick glove and an above-average feel for hitting”. The 14th ranked prospect is prep catcher Reese McGuire, who BA calls a “natural behind the plate”. McGuire is also a left-handed power hitter. **Only one other former Pirates draft pick made the list. That was Kent Emmanuel, who came in at number 47. Emmanuel was taken in the 19th round of the 2010 draft, but went to UNC. BA says the lefty “can dominate with great angle, pinpoint control, plus change and willingness to pitch inside”. For some perspective on the early season rankings, here are the early BA rankings from the 2012 draft. A lot can change between now and the draft. Last year De...
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