March 3, 2013
Read part 1 of GM Neal Huntington's draft history right here.- (Opening image Jameson Taillon; image credit fromforbestofederal.)
1st Round Selections...
A missed Appel; image credit baltimoresun
Despite picking at or near the top of the draft for each of Huntington's first 5 seasons, the Pirates are only hitting at a 60% success rate with their #1 picks.- Pedro Alvarez, Jameson Taillon, and Gerrit Cole should all be the MLB impact talent the organization so desperately needs.- But missing on Tony Sanchez in one of the most talent-rich drafs in recent MLB history hurt, as did failing to sign 1st round pick (8th overall) Mark Appel, as the Pirates became the 1st team to fall victim to MLB's draft slotting system, which threatens harsh penalties for teams that exceed their draft $$$ allocations.1st Round Comps and 2nd Round Picks...These have been more or less terrible.- Since 2008, the Pirates have selected all of the following in the 1st round supplements (picks given to teams after t...