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Pirates Select RHP Shane Baz in 1st Round

In somewhat of a surprise, the Pirates selected Texas HS right-handed pitcher Shane Baz with their 12th pick in the 1st round of the MLB Players Draft.

The surprise with the selection isn’t because of Baz’s worthiness of being selected that high, it was a surprise because Baz was considered the most difficult player to sign in the draft. The 17 year old has been committed to play college baseball at TCU since 2015.

Keep in mind that last year the Pirates drafted HS LHP Nick Lodolo, who also was committed to TCU, and weren’t able to sign him.

This was the first time the Pirates drafted a high school pitcher in the first round since Jameson Taillon in 2011. Baz is from Concordia Lutheran High School which is the same school of Ke’Bryan Hayes, the Pirates 1st round pick in 2015.

Baz, who is ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in Texas, consistently throws between 93-98 and owns a very good slider.

Baz’s slot value is $4,032,000, let’s see if the Pirates can get him out of his commitment to TCU.

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