Looking Back at Pirates Drafts Under Neal Huntington

The MLB Draft doesn’t seem to get the attention that the amateur drafts in the 3 other sports receive but they are just as important to each teams individual long term success.

MLB will begin it’s 2017 players draft tonight and it will be televised on the MLB Network.

Tonight, the Pirates will have four picks (12th, 42nd, 50th and 72nd) in the first night of the draft. Unlike the drafts in other sports, it will be years before these players will have a shot at the majors and before we can properly evaluate how each individual team drafted.

This evening will be the 10th draft by Neal Huntington as general manager of the Pirates.

I thought it would be interesting to now look back at all of his drafts and examine the first five draft selections for each 9 of his previous drafts, the best pick in each draft class and any other interesting notes.

2008 PIRATES DRAFT
1st Round: Pedro Alvarez
2nd Round: Tanner Scheppers
3rd Round:  Jordy Mercer
4th Round: Chase D’Arnaud
5th Round: Justin Wilson

Other Notable Picks: Robbie Grossman (6th round), Matt Hague (9th round)……7 of the first 9 selections went on to play in the majors

Best Selection:  Mercer or Alvarez

2009 PIRATES DRAFT
1st Round:  Tony Sanchez
1st Round:  Vic Black
2nd Round: Brooks Pounders
3rd Round: Evan Chambers
4th Round: Zack Dodson
5th Round: Nate Baker

Other Notable Picks: Zack Von Rosenberg (6th Round), Colton Cain (8th Round), Brock Holt (9th Round)

Best Selection: Holt

**This draft had a ton of excitement because of the number of high profile pitchers that were drafted but none every developed.

2010 PIRATES DRAFT
1st Round: Jameson Taillon
2nd Round: Stetson Allie
3rd Round:  Mel Rojas
4th Round: Nick Kingham
5th Round:  Tyler Waldron

Other Notable Picks: Brandon Cumpton (9th Round), Casey Sadler (25th Round)

Best Selection: Taillon

2011 PIRATES DRAFT
1st Round: Gerrit Cole
2nd Round:  Josh Bell
3rd Round:  Alex Dickerson
4th Round:  Colten Brewer
5th Round: Tyler Glasnow

Other Notable Picks: Clay Holmes (9th Round)

Best Selection: Cole but let’s see how Bell and Glasnow develop

2012 PIRATES DRAFT
1st Round:  Mark Appel
2nd Round: Barrett Barnes
3rd Round: Wyatt Mathisen
4th Round: Jonathan Sandfort
5th Round: Brandon Thomas

Other Notable Picks: Eric Wood (6th Round), Jacob Stallings (7th Round), Max Moroff (16th Round)

Best Selection:  ???   Probably the worst of the Huntington’s drafts

2013 PIRATES DRAFT
1st Round: Austin Meadows
1st Round: Reese McGuire
2nd Round: Blake Taylor
3rd Round: JaCoby Jones
4th Round: Cody Dickson
5th Round: Trae Arbet

Other Notable Picks: Adam Frazier (6th Round), Chad Kuhl (9th Round)

2014 PIRATES DRAFT
1st Round: Cole Tucker
2nd Round: Connor Joe
3rd Round: Mitch Keller
4th Round: Trey Supak
5th Round: Jordan Luplow

*Too early to evaluate this draft but Keller, Tucker and Luplow are names to watch with Keller being the big name

2015 PIRATES DRAFT
1st Round: Kevin Newman
2nd Round: Ke’Bryan Hayes
3rd Round: Casey Hughston
4th Round: Jacob Taylor
Round: Brandon Waddell

2016 PIRATES DRAFT

1st Round: Will Craig
2nd Round: Nick Lodolo
3rd Round: Travis MacGregor
4th Round: Stephen Alemais
5th Round: Braeden Ogle

 

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