On Wednesday, Baseball America posted their new top 100 draft prospects list and they have a new name in the 24th spot, although it is someone we recently previewed here. This is different from their mock draft, where they try to guess which teams will select which players. That came out last week and had the Pirates taking Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber. For those that have a subscription to BA, you can also check out their scouting reports on each player, which are sorted by position.
Baseball America had Georgia prep right-hander Spencer Adams ranked 24th, which is right about where he has been mentioned often recently. He hasn’t gone to the Pirates in any mock draft yet, but he has been ranked in the 25-30 range often. You can see a scouting report here and a video of Adams here. Schwarber was rated 18th on the list, although it should be mentioned that he has had some big games recently, so he could have moved up a couple spots since their mock draft.
Yesterday, we posted links to a new set of rankings from Chris Crawford that had North Carolina prep OF/1B Braxton Davidson rated 24th and a new mock draft from Dan Kirby that had Cal Poly pitcher Matt Imhof going to the Pirates. You can read about both here.
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.