Pittsburgh Pirates: 2016 Draft Prospect Round Up 8/12

Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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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 the Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick 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: .257 BA, 16 RBI, 1 home-run, .739 OPS

Travis MacGregor, RHP, GCL: 1-0, 2.74 ERA, 13K/8BB (7 GS, 23 IP)

Stephen Alemais, SS, WV Black Bears: .236 BA, 16 RBI, .567 OPS

Braeden Ogle, LHP, GCL: 0-1, 1.32 ERA, 8K/3BB (5 GS, 13.2 IP)

Blake Cederlind, RHP, Bristol: 0-1, 4.67 ERA, 14K/7BB (6 GS, 17.1 IP): DL

Cam Vieaux, LHP, WV Black Bears: 1-1, 3.17 ERA, 30K/16BB (10 GS, 48.1 IP)

Brent Gibbs, C, Bristol: .236 BA, 6 RBI, .681 OPS

Dylan Prohoroff, RHP, WV Black Bears: 0-1. 4.79 ERA, 22K/10BB (14 Games, 20.2 IP)

Clark Eagan, OF, WV Black Bears: .277 BA, 16 RBI, .686 OPS

Matt Anderson, RHP, WV Black Bears: 2-1, 2.75 ERA, 31K/8BB (9 games, 5 starts, 19.2 IP)

Max Kranick, RHP, GCL: 1-2, 2.53 ERA, 10K/2BB (6 games, 3 starts, 21.1 IP)

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 ten games.  This is a great sign. Craig is starting to hit the ball hard to all fields.  Early on he was very pull heavy, now he is using the whole field.

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The prep arms are continuing to pitch well.  Max Kranick had a really bad start to the year giving up 4 earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched.  Since then he has steadily dropped his earned run average.  He had his best game his last start.  He went five innings and did not give up a run while striking out five batters.  

Braeden Ogle continues to pitch very well also.  He dropped his earned run average to 1.32 on the season after throwing four shut out innings.  Ogle has yet to go past 4 innings in a start, this could be they are trying to limit the innings on the young lefty.  Travis MacGregor had a really bad start on August 2nd giving up five earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched, by far his worst start of his season.  However, he bounced back nicely in his last start going three scoreless innings.

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All Stats Courtesy of Baseball Reference