Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Looking back, Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Draft

Continuing our piece on the Pirates recent drafts we will now take a look back to the 2011 draft.  Here is a link to the 2010 draft results.

Round 1: Gerrit Cole (RHP) was the first overall pick in this season and showed us why he was the first pick right out of the gate dominating the Arizona Fall League. He jumped from A+ to AA in 13 games and then to AAA after just 12 more playing 1 game in AAA before the end of the season.  In 2013 he started 12 more games before getting called up to the major league club.  His career MiLB 2.75 ERA, 1.151 WHIP and 8.1 SO/9 over two a season and a half was enough. While he might not be an Ace level pitcher yet he has the talent too.

Round 2: Josh Bell (RF) taken at the 61st Pick over all in round two would probably be on the major league club now if it was not for the Pirates having one of the best starting outfields in baseball.  Partially because of this Bell has been moved to first and with some difficulty is slowly picking it up.  Minors slash line of .302/.370/.446 with a bit of power should allow him to see time with the major league club this season.

Round 3: Alex Dickerson (1B) has a .304/.363/.493 slash line in the minors and was traded to the Padres for Jaff Decker and Mike Mikolas in 2013.  He has seen some limited action in Left field the past two seasons going 18 Plate appearances in 19 games.

Round 4: Colten Brewer (RHP) has had  a great share of troubles at the lower levels and has not advanced past A+ ball. A 4.45 ERA and 1.359 WHIP over 41 Games and 192 innings do not look to promissing.  He did miss the 2014 year.

Round 5: Tyler Glasnow (RHP) Looks to be the steal of the draft. A minors carere 2.07 ERA 1.070 WHIP and 11.7 SO/9 over 88 games and 421 innings is very impressive.  He does have some control issues that are holding him back a little but we should still see him this season.

Round 6: Dan Gamache (3B) developed a pretty fair bat slashing .278/.345/.401 over his minors career but has had some trouble in the field. the past few seasons there has been an attempt to convert him to 1B/IF Utility at AAA.

Round 7: Jake Burnette (RHP) has been having a rough go of it being stuck in class A ball.  Career 6.69 ERA, 1.812 WHIP  and 6.8 W/9 in teh Minors.

Round 8: Jason Creasy (RHP) Made it to AA last season and hasnt done very well.  At age 24 he still has time to 'figure it out'

Round 9: Clay Holmes (RHP) has done well enough to earn a promotion to AA this season where he is having some early troubles but is expected to turn it around.

Round 10: Taylor Lewis (CF) hasn't made it past Bradenton yet.  Unless he has a break through it is doubtful he will get much time in AA in an already fairly crowded field of OF talent.

There you have it.  All but one of our top 10 picks from 2011 are still with the team.  One other draftee of note is Trea Turner who was selected in the 20th round but didn't sign.  He was later draft by the Padres in 2014 and traded to the Nationals in 2015

Of the 50 players that the Pirates drafted that year (signed or not) only three of them have made it to the MLB so far, two of them with other teams.  Expect that number to increase by two this year when Glasnow and Bell get their calls.

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