Like the weekly “Prospect Roundup” that is posted every Wednesday, Thursdays will be dedicated to how the 2016 draft picks are fairing. The article will mainly look at the top ten picks from the Pittsburgh Pirates draft.
Obviously Nick Lodolo will not be included as he did not sign, therefore 11th round pick Max Kranick will be on the list. This works out as Kranick was considered a high upside pick (ranked in the top 100 draft prospects). The players will go in the order they were drafted.
Will Craig, 3B, WV Black Bears: .230 BA, 11 RBI, 1 home-run, .723 OPS
Travis MacGregor, RHP, GCL: 1-0, 1.10 ERA, 11K/6BB (5 games started)
Stephen Alemais, SS, WV Black Bears: .253 BA, 12 RBI, .569 OPS
Braeden Ogle, LHP, GCL: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4K/0BB (2 game started, 4 IP)
Blake Cederlind, RHP, Bristol: 0-1, 4.67 ERA, 14K/7BB (6 games started)
Cam Vieaux, LHP, WV Black Bears: 0-1, 4.02 ERA, 19K/15BB (7 games started)
Brent Gibbs, C, Bristol: .208 BA, 6 RBI, .616 OPS
Dylan Prohoroff, RHP, WV Black Bears: 0-1. 5.02 ERA, 17K/9BB (10 games, no starts)
Clark Eagan, OF, WV Black Bears: .259 BA, 12 RBI, .661 OPS
Matt Anderson, RHP, WV Black Bears: 0-1, 3.09 ERA, 20K/3BB (5 games, 3 starts)
Max Kranick, RHP, GCL: 0-1, 4.91 ERA, 5K/1BB (3 games, 1 start)
Some interesting notes so far. Braeden Ogle, has only throw four innings. He is a high upside left-handed pitcher who was drafted out of high school. Now the other high school pitchers have pitched twice the amount he has, the Pirates seem to be restricting his innings so far. Matt Anderson has gotten to start and relieve so far. This may be a way of getting more pitchers innings, or it could be that the Pirates are trying to see where he will fit better going forward. Either way he has pitched well doing both so far.
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Will Craig has really rebounded from his slow start. During his first two weeks of pro ball he was batting around .100, now he is up at .230. This is because he is starting to adjust to professional baseball including using a wooden bat. Craig has collected eleven hits in his last eight games. This is a great sign and hopefully he continues.
Second round pic Travis MacGregor has done a great job so far in his 11 innings pitched. He has done a great job of limiting base runners with a 1.22 WHIP and is holding opposing hitters to a .233 batting average. MacGregor is leading the prep draft picks this year in innings pitched so far as well.
Thoughts on the draftees so far? Comment below.
All Stats Courtesy of Baseball Reference