Prospect Highlights: Getting to Know Some Potential Pirates First Round Draft Picks

Usually we would be posting a prospect highlights video covering the previous night’s action in the minors, but the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates got in just two games yesterday and the Bradenton Marauders were shutout on two hits in one of those games. Basically, there wasn’t video for anything of interest from last night so we are switching it up a little for one day.

On Thursday, we will start our 2014 draft preview, giving updates on the players we feel are in the Pirates first round pick range. We will have a new article each Thursday until the draft. With those two things in mind, today we focus on video highlights from some of the players that fall into the Pirates range the most often in mock drafts. We will have much more for these players on Thursday, but for now, here are videos from a college pitcher and hitter, and a prep pitcher and hitter that all currently fall in the Pirates range.

Sean Newcomb, LHP 6’5″, 240 Hartford

This video is courtesy of Hartford Athletics and is part interview, part highlights and those highlights give you a sense of the nasty stuff Newcomb possesses.

Casey Gillaspie, 1B 6’4″, 238 Wichita State

This Baseball America video from last week shows the switch-hitting Gillaspie from both sides in the batting cage and ends with an in-game highlight.

Braxton Davidson, 1B/OF 6’3″, 215 T.C. Roberson (NC)

Baseball Prospectus had a video from Davidson from late last month at the National HS Invitational. I picked this video for the slow-motion replay of his swing at the end.

Spencer Adams, RHP 6’5″, 180 White County HS (GA)

This video is a little older, but he is a player that has barely been mentioned here due to his late rise in the rankings. Baseball Instinct offers a slow-motion breakdown of Adams’ delivery numerous times throughout the video.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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If it is these four, I take Newcomb all the way. Ace upside. I like Davidson and Gillaspie but not a big fan of drafting 1B in the first round unless they are someone like Dominic Smith. As for Adams, that’s the first time I’ve seen him mentioned as a first rounder.


I guess I should say, I haven’t seen him on many mocks. That being said, I like the build and the repertoire seems to be solid. Definitely a Huntington type pick for a pitcher

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