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Pirates Draft Kevin Ross in the Eighth Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates took their first shortstop in the 2012 draft, selecting prep shortstop Kevin Ross in the eighth round. Ross was rated the 225th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and was taken with the 256th overall pick. He’s seen as a signable player, so the $138,200 slot price for the pick might not be an issue.

Ross is 6′ 1″, 195 pounds, and like most prep shortstops, he profiles more as a third baseman in the pros. He’s got a quick bat and good strength, giving him raw power, with the potential for plus power in the future. He’s got an above-average arm, which should allow him to play third base. He is a bit aggressive at the plate, and can be pull happy.

Ross played in the Area Code games, where he adjusted well to seeing more curveballs and fewer fastballs than he was used to in prep baseball. He had a .452 average and a .753 slugging percentage in 89 plate appearances this year, with two homers. He showed great plate patience, with a 2:14 K/BB ratio in those 89 plate appearances.

The right-handed hitter has a commitment to Michigan. If he signs, he’d be an interesting project for the Pirates, as they lack third base depth, and lack power depth in the system.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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