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Prospect Highlights: First Look at Four More New Pirates Draft Picks

All three days of the draft are finally in the books and the Pittsburgh Pirates selected 42 players total. It’s highly unlikely they sign them all, even with the large amount of college seniors picked on Saturday. Until the signing deadline passes though, we will still keep tabs on all of them. After the first two rounds concluded, we took a look at highlights of the top four picks, giving you a chance to get to see them in action. On day two, we picked four of the more interesting players and highlighted them. Today we wrap it up with four players from the last day of the draft.

You can check out full draft coverage of day three here, plus take a look at the nine players that we thought were the most interesting selections. Videos below are from YouTube courtesy of Jheremy Brown, Perfect Game, Rkyosh007 and Scout.com. If it looks like I focused in on just pitchers, well that’s just because good/recent videos of players from day three are hard to find. You can read more about each player on their Pirates Prospects player page, which is linked under their name.

Gage Hinz, RHP – 11th Rd.

Frank Duncan, RHP – 13th Rd.

Colin Welmon, RHP – 34th Rd.

Bryant Holtmann, LHP 37th Rd.

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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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