Pittsburgh Pirates: 2016 Draft Prospect Round Up 8/5
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: .244 BA, 14 RBI, 1 home-run, .720 OPS
Travis MacGregor, RHP, GCL: 1-0, 3.15 ERA, 13K/7BB (6 games started)
Stephen Alemais, SS, WV Black Bears: .227 BA, 12 RBI, .520 OPS
Braeden Ogle, LHP, GCL: 0-0, 1.86 ERA, 6K/2BB (4 game started)
Blake Cederlind, RHP, Bristol: 0-1, 4.67 ERA, 14K/7BB (6 games started): DL
Cam Vieaux, LHP, WV Black Bears: 0-1, 3.40 ERA, 25K/16BB (9 games started)
Brent Gibbs, C, Bristol: .236 BA, 6 RBI, .681 OPS
Dylan Prohoroff, RHP, WV Black Bears: 0-1. 4.96 ERA, 18K/9BB (11 games relief)
Clark Eagan, OF, WV Black Bears: .260 BA, 14 RBI, .662 OPS
Matt Anderson, RHP, WV Black Bears: 1-1, 3.45 ERA, 25K/7BB (7 games, 4 starts)
Max Kranick, RHP, GCL: 0-2, 3.97 ERA, 5K/2BB (4 games, 2 starts)
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 .244. 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.
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Braeden Ogle has appeared in four games so far, starting all of them. He has thrown 9.2 innings and has performed well. He has held opponents to a .200 batting average so far. He also has a WHIP of 0.93 while having a 2.14 ground-out to air out ratio. This suggests that he gets over double the amount of ground outs as he does to air outs, which is a really positive sign.
Cam Vieaux also had two very good start this past week. In the first one he went six scoreless innings, he struck out four hitters and walked none. He followed that up with a five inning performance. In those five innings he gave up two runs. He only have up three hits and walked one, but only saw himself strike out one batter. Still it is good to see Vieaux going eleven innings over his last two starts and put up solid numbers.
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All Stats Courtesy of Baseball Reference