Pittsburgh Pirates

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 1 Gerrit Cole RHP UCLA Calif. $8,000,000
Cole had one of the best arms in the 2008 draft, when the Yankees drafted him in the first round, but he opted to attend UCLA. In three years with the Bruins, he has matured on and off the field, becoming a clubhouse leader as well as an ace for UCLA's national runner-up team as a sophomore. This spring, he has consistently shown the best pure stuff of any pitcher in this draft, and he has pounded the strike zone, though he struggled to command the inner half during a rough three-outing stretch in April, leading to a fairly pedestrian 5-7, 3.27 mark for the season. At his best, Cole throws three pitches that rate 70 or better on the 20-80 scouting scale. His four-seam fastball sits in the 94-97 range and tops out at 99, and he shows a 92-93 two-seamer that scouts would like to see him use more. His power slider ranges from 86-90 mph with good depth, and he has developed his 85-87 changeup into a third plus to plus-plus pitch this year, though it had more tumbling action earlier than the year than it did down the stretch. In high school, some scouts were concerned about the effort in Cole's delivery, but he has smoothed it out; most scouts generally regard it as clean, repeatable and simple now. He has a physical, durable frame and a competitive but composed mound demeanor--another change from his prep days. Scouts think Cole could rocket to the majors as a closer throwing 98-100 mph, but the consensus is that he has all the makings of a frontline starter.
2 61 Josh Bell OF Dallas Jesuit HS Texas $5,000,000
Bell has the most usable power among high school players in the 2011 draft, and he provides it from both sides of the plate. He has been switch-hitting since he was 5 years old, and he's equally effective from both sides of the plate. Armed with quick hands, strength and an advanced approach, the 6-foot-3, 206-pounder projects as a plus hitter for both average and power. A cracked left kneecap prevented him from proving himself on the showcase circuit last summer, but he recovered to star at the World Wood Bat Championship in October. Bell's other tools aren't as dynamic as his bat, and he'll have to move from center field once he turns pro, but he profiles nicely as a corner outfielder. He's an average runner who may have enough arm strength to play right field. Bell is a good student whose mother is a college professor and who will be advised by the Boras Corp., so it may cost a team dearly to pry him away from a Texas scholarship. His offensive upside still will draw plenty of suitors in the middle of the first round.
3 91 Alex Dickerson 1B Indiana Ind. $380,700
Dickerson established his hitting credentials by winning the Big Ten Conference triple crown (.419-24-75) as a sophomore, then batting .500 in a nine-game stint in the Cape Cod League before moving on to Team USA. He hasn't put up the same numbers this spring, as he has battled back problems and teams have pitched around him. He's still one of the better bats available in the draft. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound lefthander has pure hitting ability, average to plus power to all parts of the ballpark and an advanced approach. Pitchers rarely have challenged Dickerson on the inner half, and scouts have lauded his willingness to use the opposite field. He's a below-average runner with substandard range and a fringy arm in left field, and he's going to have to work harder on defense to avoid a move to first base or DH. His back issues don't help in that regard, and he had surgery to repair a bulging disc while he was in high school.
4 122 Colten Brewer RHP Canton (Texas) HS Texas $240,000
Righthander Colten Brewer made a late push up draft boards. He usually works at 87-91 mph and touches 93 with his sinker, and he should add velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. Committed to Weatherford (Texas) JC, Brewer is a one-pitch guy at the moment who would have been a perfect draft-and-follow if that rule still existed.
5 152 Tyler Glasnow RHP Hart HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. Calif. $600,000
Tyler Glasnow, a projectable 6-foot-7 righthander, comes from an athletic family. His mother was a gymnast at Cal State Fullerton and the gymnastics coach at Cal State Northridge, and his brother Ted is a decathlete at Notre Dame. Glasnow is still growing into his huge body, but he reportedly ran his fastball into the low 90s this spring, though scouts say his fastball ranged from 83-89 mph more often, sitting in the mid-80s. He flashes a curveball that has a chance to be average and the makings of a slider and a changeup, but he rarely uses the change. His command has a long way to go, and he is regarded as a high-risk prospect who could provide a high reward if he can harness his mechanics and command. He is committed to Portland.
6 182 Daniel Gamache 3B Auburn Ala. $125,000
Gamache had a hand injury late in the season that required surgery and ended his year early. He hit just .265 in Southeastern Conference play but has solid athleticism and is willing to take a walk. Gamache has good enough hands and arm strength to stay at third base.
7 212 Jake Burnette RHP Buford (Ga.) HS Ga. $550,000
Georgia Tech's recruiting class has plenty of projectable arms, starting with righthander Jake Burnette, whose older brother Chase played outfield for the Yellow Jackets. He is a lean 6-foot-4, 185-pounder who was a fine high school basketball player, helping Buford reach the state 2-A title game. His frame, long arms and big hands portend his stuff will get a grade better in the future. He has a clean delivery that produces 86-88 mph fastballs and soft curveballs presently. He could take off once he gives up basketball.
8 242 Jason Creasy RHP Clayton (N.C.) HS N.C. $250,000
Jordan Ramsey, Logan Jernigan and Jason Creasy have all shown upper-80s stuff in the past, but didn't take a step forward as hoped this spring. Jernigan and Creasy are both committed to North Carolina State, while Ramsey will pitch for UNC Wilmington
9 272 Clay Holmes RHP Slocomb (Ala.) HS Ala. $1,200,000
Holmes was being recruited by most of Alabama's mid-major programs such as Troy and Samford last year, but Auburn swooped in to grab his commitment after his stuff jumped up a notch this spring and he became the state's top propsect. A strong student, he is the state coaches association's student-athlete of the year, is his school's valedictorian and got a lot tougher to sign when Auburn entered the picture. Holmes is a classic raw arm from the South, with good size but plenty to learn in pro ball. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he has present strength in his frame and in his arm, with an above-average fastball at 90-93 mph. He holds his velocity better at some times than others, typical of a high school pitcher, and has shown the ability to stay tall in his delivery and throw downhill. His slider has ranged from average with flashes of plus to terrible. Scouts who have seen it good like its power and occasional depth. His delivery has plenty of effort and is far from fluid, leading to bouts of wildness, but his arm is fast enough to overcome the flaws and he racked up plenty of strikeouts. Scouts also disagree about his level of athleticism.
10 302 Taylor Lewis OF Maine Maine $100,000
Scouts made the trip to Orono to see Maine's trio of draft prospects, led by center fielder Taylor Lewis, a scrappy lefthanded hitter. Lewis, at 6 feet and 200 pounds, was primarily a football recruit in high school and had an offer to play at Boston College. He is still raw with baseball, but he ran a 6.5-second 60-yard dash at Maine's scout day and has impressive forearm and wrist strength that results in gap-to-gap, line-drive power in batting practice. In games, Lewis takes a scrappy slap-and-run approach, which scouts think can be corrected through player development. Lewis is a good defender with a well below-average arm. He hasn't had a great spring, but some scouts see him as a top-10-round talent, especially if he can tap into his power potential, while others view him as a senior sign.
11 332 Jo-El Bennett OF Houston Academy, Dothan, Ala. Ala.
Two other hitters who could get picked include Golden's teammate, third baseman Brad Roney, and outfielder Jo-El Bennett. Roney is part of a strong Southern Mississippi recruiting class. He's a solid athlete who has present strength and hitting skills, and his above-average arm and agility should allow him to step in and play third as a freshman in Conference USA. He's raw at the plate but has excellent leverage in his swing and plus raw power. As Roney fills out his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, he may lose athleticism and get too stiff. Bennett has more projection at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and more long-range potential. He's less polished than Roney and hasn't had a big spring despite his plus bat speed. Bennett has also pitched and has average arm strength. He's a solid-average runner if not a tick above and will have to stay in center field long-term to be a regular.
12 362 Candon Myles OF South Grand Prairie (Texas) HS Texas $125,000
13 392 Brandon Platts RHP Mason City (Iowa) HS Iowa
14 422 Jordan Dunatov OF Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Outfielder Jordan Dunatov was a wild card after missing most of the year with a back injury. Scouts like his body and athleticism--he's a 6-foot-5, 200-pound specimen with above-average speed--but have questions about his bat. He'll likely head to Oregon State as part of a strong Beavers recruiting class.
15 452 Kody Watts RHP Skyview HS, Vancouver, Wash. Wash.
Watts flew under the radar because he didn't make the Northwest Area Code Games team and isn't from the Seattle area, where most of the talent in the state is concentrated. He has a nice, athletic build at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds with projection remaining. His fastball sits in the 89-93 mph range, and he can run it up to 95. Watts throws a good, hard curveball, a slider that is just adequate and a splitter with a chance to be an above-average pitch. Watts can command the splitter, but he'll need to make sure there's enough separation in his arsenal because now everything is hard. Watts has the most upside of any high school pitcher in the Northwest, but he may not be a premium pick because he has expressed a strong interest in college. Watts comes from an affluent family and is a premium recruit for Portland, where he should be a good pick three years from now.
16 482 Eric Skoglund LHP Sarasota (Fla.) HS Fla.
Central Florida's revived program was headed for regionals and could get a further lift from incoming recruits such as Eric Skoglund, a lefthander with a body that resembles that of former Florida Gulf Coast ace Chris Sale, and shortstop Tommy Williams. Skoglund's stuff was short most of the spring, but he touched 91 mph in early May and held his velocity for five innings. He has an easy delivery and clean arm, and a feel for spinning the ball. A late thumb injury and tough signability might drive him down draft boards.
17 512 Aaron Brown OF Chatsworth (Calif.) HS Calif.
Physical and athletic, Brown has legitimate two-way talent, though most scouts prefer him as a hitter. A veteran of the showcase circuit, Brown made a splash in the Jesse Flores Memorial All Star Game in November, when he ripped an RBI double to left-center. He also struck out Mike Moustakas in a Chatsworth alumni game last year. Brown has good strength in his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, and he flashes above-average raw power in batting practice, though it does not yet translate to games. In the past, Brown had a tendency to open his hips too early in his swing, but he has made a conscious effort to stay closed longer and drive the ball the other way. His lefthanded swing is compact and flat, giving him a chance to be an average hitter in time, but his bat remains inconsistent. He swings and misses more than he should, a result of timing and pitch recognition issues. He's a fringe-average runner who projects as an average corner outfielder, and his solid-average to plus arm should play in right field. Off the mound, Brown reaches 90 mph from the left side to go along with a promising hard slurve and some feel for a changeup. He could be a strong two-way player if he honors his commitment to Pepperdine.
18 542 Josh Poytress LHP Fresno State Calif.
A 16th-round pick of the Astros out of high school, lefthander Josh Poytress has good athleticism in his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame. He sits in the upper 80s with his fastball and tops out at 92, with a slider and changeup as secondary pitches. His command took a big step forward this year.
19 572 Taylor Nunez RHP Salmen HS, Slidell, La. La.
Nunez, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound tower of projection, is signed to Southern Mississippi. He lacks the present strength to repeat his delivery, and his fastball sat at 87-88 mph at his best this spring. That said, he's tall, athletic, has a clean arm action and flashes feel for spinning a breaking ball.
20 602 Trea Turner SS Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla.
21 632 Alex Fuselier OF Louisiana-Lafayette La.
22 662 Mike Jefferson LHP Louisiana Tech La.
23 692 Jordan Cooper RHP Kentucky Ky. $100,000
Scouts don't know what to make of righthander Jordan Cooper. He opened the season in Kentucky's weekend rotation and pitched his way out of it after having little success with an 88-90 mph fastball and a mediocre breaking ball. Then the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder looked like a top-five-rounds pick in midweek starts against Louisville and Western Kentucky, dealing with an 89-94 mph sinker, a harder slider and a solid changeup. He didn't show the same stuff and lacked the same command when he returned to his Sunday slot. He has extra leverage as a 21-year-old sophomore, and the team that selects him likely will monitor his progress during the summer.
24 722 Brian Sharp SS California Baptist Calif.
Brian Sharp, a 23-year-old junior, has dominated considerably younger competition this year. He won't stick at shortstop in pro ball, but he can hit, has some pop and decent speed.
25 752 Josh Martin RHP Samford Ala.
26 782 Nick Flair SS Belle Chasse (La.) HS La.
27 812 Ryan Hornback C San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
28 842 Brandon Zajac LHP Walker Valley HS, Cleveland, Tenn. Tenn.
29 872 Kirk Singer SS Long Beach State Calif.
Shortstop Kirk Singer (.217/.302/.274) needs to get stronger to become a passable hitter, but scouts are intrigued by his above-average arm and good actions at shortstop.
30 902 Matt Benedict RHP Western Carolina N.C.
31 932 Derek Trent C East Tennessee State Tenn.
The Bucs have an aggressive approach, leading to a lot of swings and missed but also to a consistent offense. Catcher Derek Trent was an exception, making more contact and using the whole field more than his teammates. He has shown an average to above-average arm, flashing 1.9-second pop times to second base. He threw out 41 percent of basestealers. Trent split time for his first three seasons between catching and outfield, and as an integral part of the Bucs' offense, he often rested instead of catching extra bullpens. As a result, his receiving isn't advanced. He makes up for it with good offensive ability. He adjusted his approach to make more contact and wound up hitting .351/.450/.620 with 14 homers this spring. A decent athlete with a lefthanded bat and solid (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) size, Trent is one of the nation's better senior signs.
32 962 David Jagoditsh RHP Pima (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
33 992 Chris Lashmet 3B Northwestern Ill.
34 1022 Hommy Rosado 1B Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
The state's junior colleges will provide some solid selections as well, led by Hommy Rosado, a slugging corner bat who was a second-team All-American at Barbe High last season and an 11th-round pick of the Rockies. Rosado had questions about his defense last year but played third base at LSU-Eunice JC and was fair there, despite missing a month with an injury. Rosado was in better shape this year as well, but his bat remains the 6-foot, 210-pounder's best tool, as he led the team with eight home runs. Rosado could go out in the same range as where he was picked last year.
35 1052 Reid Matthews 2B Dobyns-Bennett HS, Kingsport, Tenn. Tenn.
36 1082 Isaac Ballou OF Marshall W.Va.
Ballou garnered interest as a toolsy but raw outfielder in high school. He has good speed and 18 stolen bases this season, but he's a .261 hitter and has only 20 extra base hits in 326 career at-bats.
37 1112 Rodarrick Jones OF Southern La.
38 1142 D.J. Crumlich SS UC Irvine Calif.
Crumlich is a surehanded, steady defender with just enough arm strength for shortstop, but he lacks the range to stick there at the upper levels of pro ball. He's a below-average to fringe-average runner with feel for hitting and good all-around instincts. Scouts don't envision him becoming a big league-caliber hitter. With no carrying tool, Crumlich figures to be a nice senior sign next year.
39 1172 Rand Ravnaas OF Georgetown D.C.
40 1202 Raph Rhymes 2B Louisiana State La.
41 1232 Jonathan Schwind C Marist N.Y.
Schwind is more of a player for next year's draft, but he's a good athlete with quick hands and a slashy swing at the plate. He has an above-average arm that should allow him to be a super-utility player at the next level, and he's a plus runner.
42 1262 Nick Hibbing RHP Lakes Community HS, Antioch, Ill. Ill.
43 1292 Willie Argo OF Illinois Ill.
After being one of Illinois' most reliable hitters in his first two seasons, outfielder Willie Argo slumped for the first two months of 2011 before righting himself and helping the Illini win their first Big Ten Conference regular-season title since 2005 and first tournament championship since 2000. An impressive 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete, Argo earned 13 letters in four sports at his Iowa high school and holds the Iowa 4-A record for career touchdowns with 83. He's a plus runner with righthanded power potential, center-field range and average arm strength. Making more consistent contact will be crucial to his development as a pro.
44 1322 Bobby LeCount 3B Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
45 1352 Robbie Ingram LHP Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
46 1382 Jeff Schalk OF Wheaton (Ill.) North HS Ill.
47 1412 Jordan DeLuca OF Tussey Mountain HS, Saxton, Pa. Pa.
48 1442 Zach Thompson RHP Grace Prep Academy, Arlington, Arlington, Texas Texas
49 1472 Austin White 3B Arkansas HS, Texarkana, Ark. Ark.
50 1502 Zech Lemond RHP Waltrip HS, Houston Texas