The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off their 2013 draft with a bang, selecting outfielder Austin Meadows with the 9th overall pick. Meadows quickly established himself as one of the top prospects in baseball, displaying a blend of power, speed, and defensive prowess. Although he was later traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in a deal that brought Chris Archer to Pittsburgh, Meadows has become a key contributor for the Rays, showcasing his All-Star potential.
The Pirates' second selection in the first round brought them a highly regarded catcher in Reese McGuire. Known for his exceptional defensive skills, McGuire developed a reputation as a reliable backstop. While he struggled to make an impact with the Pirates, McGuire has since found success with the Toronto Blue Jays, showcasing his defensive prowess at the major league level.
With their second-round pick, the Pirates chose left-handed pitcher Blake Taylor. However, Taylor was later traded to the New York Mets in the deal that brought Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although Taylor would end up being traded from the New York Mets to the Houston Astros for outfielder Jack Marisnick.
The Pirates selected JaCoby Jones, a talented shortstop with the 3rd round selection out of LSU. Jones possessed excellent athleticism and a strong arm, but his offensive development proved to be a challenge. After being traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2015, Jones has become a solid contributor for the Tigers, showcasing his defensive versatility in the outfield.