Found June 06, 2013 on
D.J. Peterson has been a popular name at number 14. – Image Credit: David Benyak
Jim Callis of Baseball America has released his final mock draft, and has the Pirates taking two familiar names. With the ninth pick, Callis has the Pirates taking Reese McGuire, while D.J. Peterson is going with the 14th pick.
Callis has had McGuire going to the Pirates ninth overall in each of his last three mock drafts. He notes that the Pirates will take one of McGuire, Austin Meadows, or Trey Ball, although only Meadows is on the board when the Pirates are picking in this mock draft. In the latest podcast, I talked with Callis about Reese McGuire’s upside, and he noted that McGuire could be an All-Star catcher.
Callis has been switching back and forth between Hunter Renfroe and D.J. Peterson with the last few mock drafts at number 14, but has picked Peterson twice in a row. In this mock draft, Renfroe is going 13th overall, one pick before the Pirates. Callis isn’t the only one who has the Pirates looking at Peterson, as pretty much every other outlet that has produced a mock draft says the Pirates are looking at the 1B/3B from New Mexico. Callis notes that the Pirates hope Peterson or Ball get to 14, and that Renfroe or Ryne Stanek are backup plans. If all four are gone, he says they could turn to Dominic Smith.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted RHP Neil Kozikowski from Avon Old Farms School in the eighth round of the MLB draft. Kozikowski is a 6′ 4″, 180 pound RHP with a commitment to VCU. He throws his fastball 86-88 MPH, topping out at 90, and has touched 92 MPH with a tall, projectable frame and clean arm action. He has a changeup with late sink, and a solid slider.
Wandy Rodriguez left today’s game in the first inning after recording one out, pointing to his left elbow. The Pirates later announced that Rodriguez left the game with tightness in his left forearm. That’s the same injury that Jeanmar Gomez had earlier in the week (although the right arm, obviously), and Gomez went on the disabled list. It seems likely that Rodriguez will go...
With the Pirates’ second pick in the first round, they selected high school catcher Reese McGuire out of Kentwood High School in Washington.
McGuire is a left-handed hitter and is rated as the best catcher in this year’s draft.
Here’s his official prospect video:
Here’s what Baseball America has to say about McGuire:
McGuire was known by scouts early, playing in the 2011...
With the 51st pick in the 2013 draft, the Pirates took a left-handed California high school pitcher named Blake Taylor. Taylor's only 17 years old, he currently throws his fastball in the low 90s, and he's 6'3." He's your protypical projectible high school pitcher, with his extremely young age making him particularly interesting. From what I can tell, he'...
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted LHP Cody Dickson from Sam Houston State in the fourth round of the MLB draft. Dickson is a 6′ 3″, 180 pound left hander who has had some problems with his delivery, but has a projectable frame and an easy throwing motion.
He had a 4.26 ERA in 95 innings this year, with a 91:51 K/BB ratio. That was a big increase in strikeouts from last year, when...
Jonathan Mayo has the Pirates taking Hunter Renfroe with the 14th pick. Image Courtesy: Mississippi State Athletics
All of the final mock drafts are coming out this morning, and Jonathan Mayo is the next to release his picks. Mayo has Reese McGuire going to the Pirates with the ninth pick and Hunter Renfroe going to Pittsburgh 14th overall.
That’s the third mock draft today that...
Now that we have the final mock drafts in from three of the leading experts, we can now take them all and figure out an average ranking. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked heavily to HS catcher Reese McGuire and Keith Law, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis all believe that he will be the Pirates pick at that spot. That could change of course if a better name happens to fall, which...
Yesterday, we posted the Pirates Podcast interview with Jim Callis from Baseball America. He discussed some of the former Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks that didn’t sign and will be eligible to be drafted again this year. There are some pretty big names on that list that should all go in the top ten rounds. Among them are a handful of pitchers from 2010, Jason Hursh, Austin Kubitza...
Francisco Liriano tossed seven shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Friday.
Liriano allowed just two hits while walking a season high five batters in the day contest at Wrigley. He also recorded eight strikeouts. On the year Liriano has a 1.47 ERA and 47 strikeouts though 36 innings of work.
Pirates closer Jason Grilli notched his 23rd...
Yesterday the Pirates took some high upside guys, drafting Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire in the first round, then taking Blake Taylor in the second. Today they continued going for upside, adding a lot of guys who will need some development, and maybe an adjustment or two, but have the tools, pitches, and skills to pay off if the Pirates’ development system can make the proper...
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...
The Pirates still haven’t snapped out of their offensive funk, but today they were able to ride some spectacular pitching as they ended a three game losing streak and started this weekend’s series in Chicago with a shutout win.
Francisco Liriano delivered another excellent start. His control problems that we feared this offseason were on full display – he walked five and...
The Bradenton doubleheader yesterday was canceled due to weather. The two games will not be made up due to the fact Daytona and Bradenton do not meet up again during the first half of the season. West Virginia had their game rained out last night. They will make up the game on the road next week. Altoona was also rained out. That game will be made up in August when the two teams...
Wednesday’s game couldn’t have gone much worse for the Pirates, as they were swept, shut out, nearly no hit, and lost another starting pitcher in the first inning.
Wandy Rodriguez gave up a quick run in the first and was clearly uncomfortable after hitting Freddie Freeman with a pitch. With just one out, he came out of the game with left forearm tightness – definitely something...
Born: May 3, 1995
Drafted: 1st Round, 9th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Grayson HS, Loganville, GA
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