2011 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

Von Rosenberg is one of the many prep players the Pirates have signed away from college commitments the past few years.

In the past three drafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money luring top prep prospects away from their commitments to major colleges.  In 2008 the Pirates signed Robbie Grossman for $1 M, stealing him from Texas.  They also signed Quinton Miller for $900 K, stealing him from UNC.  Jarek Cunningham had committed to Arizona State, and Wes Freeman had committed to Central Florida, yet both players ended up signing in the later rounds.

In 2009 the Pirates took their approach to the extreme, luring Zack Von Rosenberg (LSU), Colton Cain (Texas), Zack Dodson (Baylor), Brooks Pounders (USC), Trent Stevenson (Arizona), Evan Chambers (Tampa), Walker Gourley (East Carolina), and Joey Schoenfield (San Diego State) away from college commitments.

In 2010 the Pirates selected Jameson Taillon in the first round, signing him away from a commitment to Rice University with a $6.5 M bonus.  They also added Stetson Allie in the second round, signing him away from North Carolina for $2.25 M.  Other prep players included Nick Kingham (Oregon), Ryan Hafner (Missouri State), Jared Lakind (Arkansas), Bryton Trepagnier (Bossier Parish), and Logan Pevny (Farleigh Dickinson).  The Pirates did miss out on Jason Hursh (6th round, Oklahoma State), Austin Kubitza (7th round, Rice), Dace Kime (8th round, Louisville), and Zach Weiss (10th round, UCLA).

Grossman, Miller, Freeman, Von Rosenberg, Cain, Chambers, Stevenson, Taillon, Allie, and Kingham all were rated in Baseball America’s top 200 prospects before their respective drafts, and the Pirates paid a total of $14,378,900 to sign these ten players ($5,628,900 when you don’t count Taillon and Allie).

Below you will find the prep players that are included in Baseball America’s top 200 rankings for the 2011 draft, along with their college commitments.  I couldn’t speculate as to who the Pirates may target, as it all depends on who falls in the draft due to signability reasons.  Last year we would have never predicted that Stetson Allie would fall from a projected top 10 pick all the way to the second round.  That’s rare, and isn’t likely to happen this year, but anything is possible.  There are definitely some interesting names on the list, and this will be a good reference when the Pirates inevitably take some top ranked prep players in the middle rounds, hoping for more over-slot deals.  There’s also a lot of highly ranked offensive players, which could result in a change from the pitching heavy drafts we’ve seen from the Pirates the last two years.

I’ll take a closer look at some of the guys who are considered tougher signs in my draft preview on Sunday night.

BA Rank Player Pos High School Commitment
6 Bubba Starling OF Gardner-Edgerton Nebraska
7 Francisco Lindor SS Monteverde Florida State
15 Josh Bell OF Dallas Jesuit Texas
17 Blake Swihart C Cleveland Texas
18 Javier Baez SS Arlington Country Day School Chipola JC
28 Austin Hedges C JSerra UCLA
37 Brandon Nimmo OF East Arkansas
40 Trevor Story SS Irving (Texas) Louisiana State
49 Dwight Smith Jr. OF McIntosh Georgia Tech
52 Granden Goetzman OF Palmetto Florida Gulf Coast
53 Williams Jerez OF Grand Street San Jacinto CC
54 Matt Dean 3B The Colony (Texas) Texas
61 Brett Austin C Providence North Carolina State
64 Cam Gallagher C Manheim Township East Carolina
65 Brandon Martin SS Santiago Oregon State
66 Derek Fisher OF Cedar Crest Virginia
72 Tyler Marlette C Hagerty Central Florida
73 Roman Quinn OF Port St. Joe (Fla) Florida State
75 Larry Greene OF Berrien County Chipola JC
78 Travis Harrison 3B Tustin Southern California
80 Charlie Tilson OF New Trier Illinois
82 Connor Barron SS Sumrall (Miss.) Southern Miss
83 Tyler Greene SS West Boca Raton (Fla) Georgia
84 Johnny Eierman OF Warsaw (Mo.) Louisiana State
85 Tyler Gibson OF Stratford Academy Georgia Tech
88 Nicky Delmonico C/1B/3B Farraqut Georgia
89 Tyler Goeddel 3B St. Francis UCLA
107 Senquez Golson OF Pascagoula (Miss.) Mississippi
108 Dante Bichette Jr. OF Orangewood Christian Georgia
109 Dan Vogelbach 1B Bishop Verot Florida
112 Carl Thomore OF East Brunswick (NJ) Rutgers
122 Jake Hager SS Sierra Vista Arizona State
124 Billy Flamion OF Central Catholic Oregon
131 Taylor Sparks 3B St. John Bosco UC Irvine
133 Kevin Cron 1B Mountain Pointe Texas Christian
138 Daniel Camarena LHP/OF Cathedral Catholic San Diego
148 Dante Flores 2B St. John Bosco Southern California
149 Aaron Brown OF/LHP Chatsworth Pepperdine
150 Riley Moore C San Marcos Arizona
157 Jacob Anderson OF/1B Chino (Calif.) Pepperdine
160 Michael Reed OF Leander (Texas) Ole Miss
168 Phillip Evans 2B La Costa Canyon San Diego State
180 Christian Lopes 2B Edison Southern California
182 Jake Cave LHP/OF Kecoughtan Louisiana State
185 Chris Mariscal SS Clovis North Fresno State
188 Jordan Weems C Columbus (Ga.) Georgia State
196 Richard Prigatano OF St. Francis Long Beach State


BA Rank Player Pos High School Commitment
2 Dylan Bundy RHP Owasso (Okla.) Texas
9 Archie Bradley RHP Aarow (Okla.) Oklahoma
10 Taylor Guerrieri RHP Spring Valley South Carolina
16 Daniel Norris LHP Science Hill Clemson
20 Jose Fernandez RHP Alonso South Florida
25 Robert Stephenson RHP Alhambra Washington
31 Dillon Howard RHP Searcy (Ark.) Arkansas
33 Henry Owens LHP Edison Miami
35 Tyler Beede RHP Lawrence Academy Vanderbilt
36 Joe Ross RHP Bishop O’Dowd UCLA
45 Michael Fulmer RHP Deer Creek Arkansas
46 Dillon Maples RHP Pinecrest North Carolina
47 Kyle Crick RHP Sherman (Texas) Texas Christian
58 Hudson Boyd RHP Bishop Verot Florida
74 Bryan Brickhouse RHP The Woodlands North Carolina
76 Michael Kelly RHP West Boca Raton Florida
90 Joe Musgrove RHP Grossmont San Diego State
102 Kevin Comer RHP Seneca Vanderbilt
104 Dillon Peters LHP Cathedral Texas
105 Kevin Matthews LHP Richmond Hill (Ga.) Virginia
106 Kyle Smith RHP Santaluces Florida
119 Jeff Ames RHP Lower Columbia Oregon
127 Mason Hope RHP Broken Arrow Oklahoma
128 Jake Reed RHP Helix Charter Oregon
132 John Curtiss RHP Carroll Texas
134 Nick Burdi RHP Downers Grove (Ill.) South Louisville
135 Adrian Houser RHP Locust Grove Oklahoma
137 Hawtin Buchanan RHP Biloxi (Miss.) Ole Miss
138 Daniel Camarena LHP Cathedral Catholic San Diego
139 Kody Watts RHP Skyview Portland
140 Clay Holmes RHP Slocomb Auburn
149 Aaron Brown LHP Chatsworth (Calif.) Pepperdine
154 Cody Kukuk LHP Free State Kansas
155 Andrew Suarez LHP Columbus Miami
163 Aaron Nola RHP Catholic Louisiana State
169 Michael Caderoth RHP Steele Canyon San Diego State
170 Pat Connaughton RHP St. John’s Prep Notre Dame
182 Jake Cave LHP Kecoughtan Louisiana State
184 Blake Snell LHP Shorewood Washington
189 Ricky Jaquez RHP Franklin Texas
192 Cole Wiper RHP Newport Oregon
193 Tayler Scott RHP Notre Dame Prep Arizona
198 Carlos Rodon LHP Holly Springs (NC) North Carolina State
200 Amir Garrett LHP Findlay Prep St. John’s
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Lee Young

I just wish that the Bucs had a 2nd round pick. Oh, they do, but it is now the equivalent of a 3rd round pick with all the comp picks in-between.


Agreed, too many comp. picks, crazy stuff

Lee Young

Let’s hope Walker Gourley saved his money. He is going to need it to go to college. He has a career .176 average.

As per Kevin Goldstein, Brandon Nimmo (#37) has asked for $3M and Derek Fisher (#66) is asking for $2.25M.

They may be enjoying college and the hard slotting system of 2014, if they aren’t a little flexible on those prices.

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