As we saw earlier this week, numerous teams allow us an identity for implementing the annual amateur draft as a way of infusing their organizations with talent. With an eye towards the future, these clubs see the cost help to developing future stars in-house, instead of searching for established, and most probably more costly, talent through trades and/or free agency.
Over the past three seasons (2008-10), the Pittsburgh Pirates organization has spent more money on the amateur draft than any other club in Major League Baseball. The small-market organization sees the advantage of spending to acquire and develop Kelvin Palmer Jersey amateur talent, instead of rivaling The large Boys for high-end free agents. Whereas the Boston Red Sox organization spent a whack of dough on 10 players in the 10 draft, the Pirates spent a lot within the upper level of the draft, in part since it chose second overall coupled with to secure the very best prep arm within the draft (otherwise the Top 2); the club used its hefty bankroll for seven players.
College Picks14th Drew Maggi, SS
The only big-money college pick through the club, Maggi was a draft-eligible sophomore so he had a little more leverage than the usual large amount of college juniors. Scouts were mixed on the middle infielder with lots of seeing him topping out like a future utility player. Pittsburgh was clearly one organization that saw more. Hes shown a decent eye while at bat 11.5 BB%, 13.4 K% and hes flashed some speed (27/42 in steals) although his base running needs some improvement as hes been caught an exce sive amount of but Maggi has already established a very inconsistent season in low-A ball. They got off to a terribly slow start in April (.454 OPS) but rebounded in Ross Cockrell Jersey May and June simply to slump again in July.
High School Picks1st Jameson Taillon, RHP2nd Stetson Allie, RHP3rd Mel Rojas Jr., OF4th Nick Kingham, RHP17th Ryan Hafner, RHP23rd Jared Lakind, 1B
Having watched Taillon pitch this year, I'm able to verify the truth that he ought to be absolute beast once he gains more experience and sharpens his secondary stuff. The teen currently has a 3.59 FIP in 71.2 innings of work. Hes showing excellent control for his age (1.76 BB/9) and hes mi sing lots of bats (9.17 K/9). Taillon is undoubtedly one of the best arms left within the minor leagues. Allie would be a top prep arm this year too but it seemed David DeCastro Jersey to be known that he was much more raw in comparison to Taillon. The second rounder can overpower hitters similar to Taillon but to state his command of the ball is lacking is not really doing the work justice. Allie has posted a stroll rate of 8.86 BB/9 in short-season ball after beginning the entire year in extended spring training. As he will find home plate, though, he racks in the Ks (9.60 K/9). His FIP stands at 5.87. Already 20, he may have to repeat short-season ball again this year.
The son of former Expos and Cubs reliever Mel Rojas Sr., Junior is a speedy outfielder that has spent the season in low-A ball. Its been a disappointing season for that prospect who has posted a .293 wOBA in 409 at-bats. The ability wasn't said to be many of his game and it hasnt been (.083 ISO) but he hasnt had a ton of luck getting on base (6.7 BB%, .308 OBP) or stealing bases once hes there (21/34 in steals). Its been a rough adjustment to pro ball for Lakind, whos just 19.Bud Dupree Jersey Repeating Rookie Ball after getting a small style of 2010, the very first baseman is hitting just .136/.269/.273 in 88 at-bats. The left-handed hitter has struck out 10 times in 19 at-bats versus southpaws.
A big, strong pitcher, Kingham has already established a solid season in short-season ball. His strikeout rate continues to be low (6.80 K/9) and hes gotten a lot of fly-ball outs, but hes shown good control (2.00 BB/9) and has decent velocity (88-93 mph) on his heater. The right-hander should see his strikeout rate rise because he improves his breaking ball. Kinghams teammate Hafner has already established a decent season this year. His strikeout rate is also low (5.48 K/9) but his Braylon Heard Jersey control has been OK (3.16 BB/9) and hes done a better job of keeping his pitches in the lower half of the strike zone. Hafner isn't as far along as Kingham and it has an opportunity to add more velocity because he adjusts to pro ball.
Because Pittsburgh spent the majority of its money on prep picks, it will be some time before we know precisely how well flashing the money worked for the busine s in 2010.