Recapping the Pirates 2017 Third Day Draft Picks

The final rounds of the First Year MLB Draft were completed Wednesday. The Pirates took a selection of players from universities, colleges and high schools in the final day. Here is what you need to know about them.

ROUND 11 (328): Alex Manasa, RHP Jackson CC

Manasa proved to be a reliable two way player as a freshman in 2017. As an outfielder, he hit .410 with 16 doubles, three triples and three home runs over 183 at-bats. As a pitcher, he struck out 31 over 21.1 innings for a 1.27 ERA.

ROUND 12 (358): Hunter Wolfe, SS Walters State CC

Wolfe was a part of the 2017 University of Tennessee recruitment class and has three years of eligibility remaining. He lead Walters State with 19 stolen bases in 2016, hitting .393 with eight home runs.


Recapping the Pirates 2017 Second Day Draft Picks

Rounds 3-10 of the First Year MLB Draft were completed Tuesday. The Pirates took seven collegiate players out of the eight picks. Here is what you need to know about them.

ROUND 3 (88): Dylan Busby, INF Florida State University

Busby is the 129th best prospect according to Baseball America, and the 185th to Fangraphs ranked him 82nd among college players using the KATOH projection system.

The righty corner infielder is currently hitting .315 with 20 doubles, 14 home runs and 62 RBI in 60 games as a junior. As a sophomore, he lead the team in slugging percentage at a .597 clip. Baseball America ranked him as the fourth best prospect in the Cape Cod League last season.


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.


3 Up, 3 Down: June 5th-June 11th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to games from June 5th-11th: a stretch where the Pirates lost two extra inning games in Baltimore (6/6-6/7) and split a four game set at home against the Marlins (6/8-6/11).

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Andrew McCutchen is continuing to clobber the baseball, recording a .417/.462/.542 line in his six games last week. He is 23 hits over his last 57 at-bats (.404), racking up 38 total bases in that stretch (a .667 slugging percentage). Elias Diaz has reached base safely in all four of his starts since taking over for the injured Francisco Cervelli. Diaz has a 1.050 OPS on the year, including a .500/.563/.643 line in his first look as a starter. I opined Thursday that giving him a look as a starter was long overdue.