Recapping the Pirates 2017 First Day Draft Picks

The first two rounds of the First Year MLB Draft were completed Monday. The Pirates took four high school players with their first four picks. Here is what you need to know about them.

First Round (12): Shane Baz, RHP Concordia Lutheran HS, Tomball, Texas

Baz was ranked as the 11th-best prospect overall according to Baseball America (BA), including the second best fastball among high school pitchers. ranked him as the 12th best prospect. He was named First-Team All-District as a senior, going 6-2 with a 0.93 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

At just 17 years old, his heater consistently reaches the low 90s and has topped out at 98 MPH. He also has a curveball, cutter and slider- which all project to be potential plus pitches- and a changeup he is still trying to get a feel for, according to BA and Perfect Game (PG). PG’s scouting report says he has the athleticism, but his fastball command will be his greatest obstacle.


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.