Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: Five Players to Watch During Day Two

Orchard Lake St. Mary's pitcher Brock Porter throws against Forest Hills Northern Friday, June 17, 2022, during the MHSAA D1 semifinal at McLane Stadium in East Lansing. Orchard Lake St. Mary's won 9-0. Porter threw a no-hitter.Dsc 9200Syndication Lansing State Journal
Orchard Lake St. Mary's pitcher Brock Porter throws against Forest Hills Northern Friday, June 17, 2022, during the MHSAA D1 semifinal at McLane Stadium in East Lansing. Orchard Lake St. Mary's won 9-0. Porter threw a no-hitter.Dsc 9200Syndication Lansing State Journal /
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May 24, 2022; Hoover, AL, USA; Florida starting pitcher Brandon Sproat delivers the ball to the plate as South Carolina faced Florida in game two of the SEC Tournament at Hoover Met. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-The Tuscaloosa NewsNcaa Baseball Sec Baseball Tournament South Carolina Gamecocks Florida Gators
May 24, 2022; Hoover, AL, USA; Florida starting pitcher Brandon Sproat delivers the ball to the plate as South Carolina faced Florida in game two of the SEC Tournament at Hoover Met. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-The Tuscaloosa NewsNcaa Baseball Sec Baseball Tournament South Carolina Gamecocks Florida Gators /

RHP Brandon Sproat

Brandon Sproat was teammates with second-rounder Pirate draft pick Hunter Barco. Sproat brings a lot of talent to the table, but also a decent bit of relief risk. However, there’s no doubting that Sproat has a ton of talent and should attract teams with it.

Sproat pitched 89.2 innings with Florida this year, which was significantly more than he has ever pitched before. He did have a solid 3.41 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and allowed just five long balls. However, he had just a 21.5% strikeout rate and 8.6% walk rate.

If you knew how hard Sproat throws, you’d guess that he’d have a strikeout rate approaching or above 30%. Sproat averages out at 97 MPH but regularly hits 100 MPH. Although this was the first time Sproat worked as a starter with Florida, he maintained velocity. Both his change-up and slider project to be above average. He does throw a curveball, but it’s a pitch that needs more refining.

Sproat comes with some command questions, but FanGraphs believes that those could be remedied with some mechanical clean-up. He has a long arm delivery, which causes some inconsistency in his wind-up/delivery. A shorter arm path and delivery could help him refine his wind-up, add some consistency to his motion, and improve his control in the process.

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Sproat is a high-ceiling/low-floor kind of pitcher. You could easily get a starter with an upper-90s fastball, two plus secondary offerings, and an average curveball. But he could be a two-pitch reliever as well (granted, a really good one at that). The 21-year-old will surely get some attention during Day 2.

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