On Friday afternoon, MLB.com released their updated top draft prospect list, rearranging the top 100 and expanding it to 200 spots. The interesting thing about the updated list is the fact that MLB.com now has right-handed prep pitcher Luis Ortiz in the 24th spot. Now this isn’t the same as a mock draft, but Ortiz was recently Keith Law’s pick for the Pirates in his second mock draft. We then featured him yesterday in our draft preview, so he has been getting a lot of exposure here recently. You can find scouting reports and video for him in both of those links. He is a high upside pitcher, who already has a strong frame, with good feel for three pitches and he hits 97 MPH with his fastball.
The amateur draft begins next Thursday night. The Pirates pick 24th overall in the first round, then make two more selections during day one, picking 65th and 74th. Day two of the draft will have rounds three through ten and day three with have rounds 11-40 to wrap things up.
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.