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The usual mock drafts at Baseball America have been run by Jim Callis, but they switched up the process for their latest mock draft released today. They had four of their draft experts take turns making the picks. Nathan Rode picked first, followed by Callis, Conor Glassey and John Manuel. As they note, this is a little different than a mock draft, as this one is based on who they would personally take in that spot.
Reese McGuire fell to tenth in the latest BA mock draft
Despite the new process, there doesn’t seem to be many surprises with the picks, with most players going where we have heard them recently. With the ninth overall pick, Rode took Austin Meadows. In doing so, he passed over Reese McGuire, who has been linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates numerous times. I think that is a case of him going with the best player available, banking on the upside of Meadows and the likelihood that he develops the power that was missing from his game this season.
Rode also notes that he would have taken Trey Ball over McGuire had he been available. In most mock drafts, Ball usually falls in the 10-14 range, but he was taken eighth in this mock draft.
With the 14th pick, John Manuel had the pick for the Pirates and he took Ryne Stanek. He mentions that he considered Stanek with the tenth overall pick, but went with McGuire instead. If HS shortstop JP Crawford was available at #14, he may have taken him over Stanek, but he went one pick earlier.
The two names we normally hear in this second spot, went 11th and 12th in this mock draft. They had DJ Peterson going 11th, followed immediately by Hunter Renfroe, then Crawford.
Going with best available at this spot, Stanek seems like a strong choice, though he also could have considered power-hitting first baseman Dominic Smith out of Serra HS in California. Smith has been in the 12-20 range all year, so he is a solid bat, with tons of power, who performed up to his standards this year, never moving more than a few spots up or down at any time. I mentioned last night that Stanek could be a strong choice at #14 if available and another recent mock draft also had the Pirates taking him there.
The draft is just three days away, with the first two rounds on Thursday night, followed by rounds 3-10 on Friday and 11-40 on Saturday.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility.
*Game Score is a stat created by Bill James...
You get the sense with this Pirates team that something is different.
Russell Martin has been a vital part of the Pirates success so far in 2013. (Photo by: David Hague)
Sure, Pittsburgh has been rattling off wins at a near-record pace and appears poised to battle with St. Louis and Cincinnati all summer for positioning in the National League Central with the prospect of spot in...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Pirates first baseman Garret Jones became only the second player ever to hit a home run ball out of PNC Park and into the Allegheny River. The eighth inning 2-run shot, which traveled a reported 468 feet, nearly took out a bicyclist on its way to the water. The only other blast to reach Allegheny River was by Daryle Ward of the Astros in 2002. Pittsburgh would eventually win...
Yesterday, Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones became one of the few players to hit a home run out of PNC Park in Pittsburgh and into the Allegheny River behind the stadium.
Jones blast came in the 8th inning against the Cincinnati Reds and keep eye on the below GIF as a cyclist riding along the street nearly gets hit by the long ball:
(Courtesy of SB Nation)
We are now just four days away from the draft, as college teams wrap up their weekend of tournament play. The Pittsburgh Pirates have two high draft picks this Thursday night, so we take a look at some of the players they might consider, as well as notes on a former Pirates draft pick, along with some draft notes below.
From Saturday night, Ryne Stanek and Arkansas, defeated Wichita...
Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
Francisco Liriano is looking like the 2010 version, or better. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
I use the “small sample size” disclaimer a lot on this site, so it’s important to note that everything Francisco Liriano has done so far this season comes with that same disclaimer. Having said that, what Francisco Liriano has done so far is cause for some excitement. In five starts,...
When the Pirates called up two pitchers yesterday and made one of the corresponding moves the demotion of a postion player, the little voice in my head said, "Oh no, we're going to see some weird things this week." With the lefty Mike Minor on the mound tonight, we're seeing Russell Martin in right field.
I could list a million reasons that this is crazy ...
Andrew McCutchen has the 7th-most votes among outfielders, but can he get in as a reserve? (Photo Credit: David Hague)
There is only one month left in the fan voting for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field. Today, MLB released updated ballot results for the National League.
The full results can be found here, but below are the current vote leaders at each position...
Left-hander Francisco Liriano might not realize the full value of his $8 million vesting option with the Pirates for next season. But as long as he avoids a specific re-injury to his right (non-pitching) arm, he almost certainly will return to the club, albeit at a lower price.
Under the terms of Liriano’s contract, a copy of which was obtained by FOXSports.com, his option will...
The emergence of Tyler Glasnow is one of many reasons the Pirates could be considered to have a top farm system.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it’s not close.
Passan went on to highlight...
A dramatic comeback and a truly incredible effort from the bullpen saved the Pirates from a sweep on Sunday. Instead of dropping a third straight game to the Reds for a demoralizing weekend, they rallied for one of the best wins of the year.
The first inning was a disaster. Maybe the clock has finally struck midnight for Jeanmar Gomez – he quickly allowed three runs before recording...
The 2013 MLB Draft starts on Thursday at 7 PM, with the first two rounds of the draft taking place that evening. The Pittsburgh Pirates pick 9th, 14th, and 51st that day. Rounds 3-10 follow on Friday at 1 PM, and rounds 11-40 are on Saturday at 1 PM.
Last year we started doing a top 100 draft prospects list, providing a preview for the draft. Rather than going with a numerical ranking...
Francisco Liriano should make $3.125 M this year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has the details on Francisco Liriano’s vesting option. Here are the highlights:
**Liriano’s option will vest at $6 M if he is not on the DL for 120 days due to his arm injury. If he doesn’t re-injure his arm, that will give him 142 days on the season, since he came up...