NEW YORK DOLLS
Probably will not sign, Taylor is an extremely risky pick when you have no 1st rounders and pick at the bottom of the 2nd round. Tremie even if he did sign lacks ML pitches and has average splits. He is best suited to be a long reliever, or a 4A starter
Better suited for RF, He is an average hitter with above average speed, but struggles his good base running decision making. Not the kind of player that will make it out of AAA
Good speedster and base runner, he has an above average contact driven bat, but will struggle with major league pitching. Look for him to find a minor league home in the outfield or 3B.
Solid plus bat, but some pop to knock them out of the field, but he is better suited to be just a DH and never take the field. Good pick in the 5th round if he can DITR his Fielding stats.
SUMMARY: The 2nd round pick up is either a huge mistake or a lucky break if they offer him a contract and he turns it down and they can collect a type D for next season. The rest of the draft was no hum for New York. Cunningham might have been their best pick, but in the NL he is useless unless they can teach him to catch.
Definitely the best reliever in the draft. His control and splits are other worldly. His forkball in projected to be one of the best in the league. His durability is not ideal for a reliever. Logic says you shouldn't draft a relief pitcher in the first 10 picks because you can always get one later. Not sure High is the exception to the rule, but he is pretty special.
2/3 time starting catcher. This guy seems to catch well enough to start any time he is able. His bat is also pretty special. You might be able to get 400 ab's a season out of his durability, but you can expect a .260 avg with 20+ hr and a well controlled pitching staff.
Classic ML reliever. His splits are average to above average and he features a solid fastball curveball tandem. He is a nice pick in the 3rd round.
Long Reliever with below average splits and poor pitch selection, he will spend his time in the Minors.
NOT SCOUTED/ UNSIGNED
SUMMARY: High is the future closer in Norfolk, if they can afford to give him development time. Rogers is a player I love and envy Norfolk for getting in the 2nd round. He should be a solid ML Catcher for many seasons. Overall the they drafted great talent and filled their ranks for the future nicely.
Fairly developed college freshman. He has all the tools a team looks for in a young pitcher, His Sinker projects to be near the top of the league along with his changeup. Add in a fastball which is above average and you have a solid arsenal to throw at batters; His control is awesome for a pitcher that throws in the mid-90's. He showed in college that he was not able to throw more than 80-95 pitches without wearing out, which might be a concern in the Majors
Another solid college pitcher who projects to pitch 5-6 innings, he does have 3 plus pitches and great control. He lacks strikeout velocity and struggles at times against right handers. He could still translate well into a long reliever or a ML spot starter.
Great changeup and cut fastball, lacks control of the strike zone which might turn have turned teams off on an otherwise solid pitcher. His splits project to be major league level. Overall he is a great 2nd rounder.
Looking for 6.5M to sign which is a bit much for a college pitcher who does not translate well into the pro game. Better to save your money on this one.
Sal is a great 5th round diamond, average splits and low velocity will keep him out of the Major leagues unless something changes, but he will keep the heat off the minor league staff.
SUMMARY: Solid pitching rich selections, They players they pulled down should be able to fill a number of roles in the Pirate pitching ranks and could be give the future pitching a little shine to look forward too. With Pittsburgh drafting more established college arms they should be in the league in short order.
Developed College pitcher who pitched great for St. Clair Community College posting a solid 11-2 record with a 2.12 ERA in 20 college starts Look for a guy who translates well into the Major leagues bringing 4 major league level pitches led by a great fastball. He should have hitters watching the ball like a house on the side of the road. His flaw might be learning to pitch to right handed hitting where he can be shaky at times...
Nice setup guy with great control and 2 ML level pitches. At UofP he led the league in saves with 14. He should be pitching in the majors in 3 seasons.
Another college player, but not as developed as I would like to see in a 20 year old. He projects to have great defense and above average speed and power. He also projects to bat no greater than .220 at the plate. He might slip into the majors as a defensive sub.
All defensive collegiate players. Still a light year away from his defensive projections though. If he makes it someone will give a guy with his defensive chops a shot in this league. His defense is just that good.
Above average speed and running, but a below average bat and glove. He might serve as a 3B in the minors for awhile, but really is more meant for the college game than the pros.
SUMMARY: Went after established college players to allow them to move these guys into the majors sooner rather than later. They seem to score with all their picks in some way. O signing issues, 4 have major league potential and 2 should be able to contribute right away. A usually don't go for 1 tool players, but when that tool is elite defense I waiver. Atlanta got a number of those defensive studs a team needs.