Pittsburgh Pirates: 2016 Draft Prospect Round-Up 8/25
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, Kranick is 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: .261 BA, 17 RBI, 1 home-run, .743 OPS
Travis MacGregor, RHP, GCL: 1-0, 3.33 ERA, 13K/8BB (8 GS, 27 IP)
Stephen Alemais, SS, Low-A & WV Black Bears: .133 BA, .369 OPS, 4 Games; .263 BA, 18 RBI, .611 OPS
Braeden Ogle, LHP, GCL: 0-2, 3.18 ERA, 14K/9BB (7 GS, 22.2 IP)
Blake Cederlind, RHP, Bristol: 0-1, 4.67 ERA, 14K/7BB (6 GS, 17.1 IP): DL
Cam Vieaux, LHP, WV Black Bears: 2-2, 3.57 ERA, 40K/17BB (12 GS, 58.0 IP)
Brent Gibbs, C, Bristol: .236 BA, 6 RBI, .681 OPS: Not Playing
Dylan Prohoroff, RHP, WV Black Bears: 0-1. 4.18 ERA, 23K/11BB (17 Games, 23.2 IP)
Clark Eagan, OF, WV Black Bears: .277 BA, 16 RBI, .686 OPS
Matt Anderson, RHP, WV Black Bears: 2-2, 4.38 ERA, 35K/10BB (11 games, 7 starts, 24.2 IP)
Max Kranick, RHP, GCL: 1-2, 2.64 ERA, 17K/2BB (8 games, 5 starts, 30.2 IP)
A prep arm, continues to do well for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. In his last start, he went five innings and allowed two runs. Most importantly he walked zero while striking out four of the 19 hitters. Kranick’s FIP for his start of 1.75 is much better than the 3.60 ERA he posted. In the month of August, four outings and three starts, Kranick has pitched in 19.1 innings and has allowed only five runs (four earned). His ERA this month is 1.86, and he has a FIP of 2.78, mainly because he has walked zero of the 70 batters he has faced.
The southpaw from Michigan State, pitched well in his last time out for West Virginia. In six innings, Cam allowed only one run, while walking zero and allowing only three hits. He only struck out four, but 55 of his 86 pitches went for strikes. So far in the month of August, Vieaux has a 3.92 ERA in 20.2 innings, and has a 17/2 strikeout to walk ratio.
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First round pick Will Craig continues to hit. In his five games this week, the third baseman hit .438/.591/.438 in 22 plate appearances. He walked five times, and only stuck out twice, and he even got hit by a pitch. Craig possesses a really good eye. He has a .391 on-base percentage so far this season. The thing that sticks out most for him though, is his walk to strikeout ratio of 1.06, as he has walked 33 times to just 31 strikeouts.
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All Stats Courtesy of Baseball Reference