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Keith Law’s Final Draft Prospect Rankings Has College Players in Pirates Top Two Spots

Keith Law posted his final draft prospect rankings(subscription required) on Wednesday afternoon and he has TCU pitcher Brandon Finnegan rated #24 and Stanford third baseman Alex Blandino rated in the 39th spot.

After the Pittsburgh Pirates added the 39th pick in the Bryan Morris deal, it gave them a second chance to add impact talent in the draft and these rankings from Law prove just how deep the top end of the draft is this year. Blandino is someone that has been mentioned often going to the Pirates with the 24th pick in mock drafts, yet Law believes he only ranks 39th overall in this draft class. You might not get Blandino, but it shows that someone of his talent will be available when the Pirates pick.

During our last draft preview, we just happened to mention both of these players, so you can check out scouting reports and videos on both of them here.

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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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N_Cap

Doubled up on position players last year gotta get an arm. Rather not get Finnegan to small

Monsoon Harvard

I’m hoping for Gatewood & Blandino.

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