2015 Draft Report Card: Pirates

QUICK TAKE
The Pirates liked how their board set up, providing infielders with bat-to-ball skills and an ability to control the strike zone. In the top 10 rounds the Pirates spent nearly five times as much on hitters as pitchers.

POSITION PLAYERS

BEST PURE HITTER: SS Kevin Newman (1) is a two-time Cape Cod League batting champ with a high-contact, high-average approach. 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (1) was one of the more advanced hitters among the high school class. He controls the strike zone exceptionally well for his age and should be an above-average hitter. " BEST POWER HITTER: He hasn't shown it much yet either as a draft-eligible sophomore at Alabama or in his pro debut, but OF Casey Hughston (3) has lefthanded power potential with strength. " FASTEST RUNNER: The Pirates didn't draft anyone whose speed should be a difference-maker. Newman has 55 speed and he stole 13 attempts in 15 tries. That was a much better success rate than he had as a baserunner in college. " BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Hayes keeps getting better and better at third base. The game never seems too fast for him, he sees balls well off the bat and his arm is above-average. Newman is a solid-average shortstop. 2B/SS Kevin Kramer (2) slid over to second base a lot in deference to Newman and showed above-average potential there.

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