Pittsburgh Pirates: 2015 Draft Pick Review

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Top Three Picks performing as they should.  Every year you expect the first round and second round picks to be the best prospects.  Newman, Hayes, and Kramer have been the best players from this draft class. All three have hit well all year at their levels.

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Ke’Bryan Hayes the highest upside and is showing it in his first full season.  Hayes is performing at Low-A very well for his age.  Hayes is one of the youngest players at the level and is holding his own.  He is showing some good pop, good discipline, and playing third base well.  He is the future third-baseman, and a will be a future of the middle of the lineup bat.

Newman could find himself in the MLB as soon as next year. Newman is hitting well at the Double-A level.  If he continues to hit around .300 for the Curve he will likely start the 2017 season at Triple-A Indianapolis.  This is because he would have played over a half a season at AA, and he would have received the amount at-bats the Pirates like their players to get while performing.  If he is at AAA next year then he will likely get a shot toward the end of 2017 to play at the big league level.

McGarry looks to be a future piece of the bullpen and Taylor could be once he gets back from injury.  Both are hard throwers, McGarry is performing well and will only get better as he learns to develop and command his secondary pitches.

Could have found some starting pitching depth in Waddell and Brubaker who look to be back end of the rotation and Helton and Sendelbach as depth pieces or long relief.  Waddell and Brubaker could make nice pitchers to have battling for the 4th and 5th spot of the rotation down the road.  Helton and Sendelbach seem to be more of the Triple-A starters who could come up and make spot starts when needed.

Hughston setting himself up to be out of the organization soon.  Hughston has bee straight bad.  If he does not turn it around this season the Pirates could look to cut ties with him.  He has shown nothing worth keeping him around for.

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All around the draft class seems to be performing well.  It will be good to get Taylor throwing and back in the system again.  Most of these guys should receive promotions by the end of the year.

Stats provided by Baseball Reference.

Stats used based on 7/2/2016