Third Round: Pirates Draft Alabama Left Fielder Casey Hughston

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted Alabama left fielder Casey Hughston in the third round of the 2015 draft. Hughston was rated as the 105th best prospect in Baseball America’s rankings, and 95th in MLB.com’s rankings. He was taken 96th overall.

Hughston is a 6′ 2″, 205 pound left-handed hitter who has some nice raw power. MLB calls it plus, and Baseball America says he can drive to all fields, but does have strikeout issues at times when he gets pull happy, and struggles against left-handers. He’s got good tools across the board, with the speed to play center field, but profiles better at a corner. The Pirates have tried players at their best possible position, so if there is a spot for him in center field, I’d expect him to play there.

Another trend here is that the Pirates have taken guys who are younger than most in their class, figuring that those players will see a big jump in development in their system that normal players would have during their junior year in college. Hughston is a sophomore, but was draft eligible because he turned 21 within 45 days of the draft. He actually turned 21 today, so this was quite a birthday for him.

Both BA and MLB say that Hughston has at least average tools across the board, with the highlight being his power. He projects as more of a fourth outfielder in the future, and might be a platoon guy if he can’t solve his issues against left-handers.

Casey Hughston’s Player Page

  • Like Ludlow, it appears that Hughston played 3B as a prep, so that may also be a possibility.

    • Yep, a LH power hitting 3B would look very good. He hit cleanup with Alabama in the very tough SEC.

  • 96 over all, your living in past man!

  • I’m surprised that Houston didn’t draft him….

    In all seriousness, it’s never a bad thing to stock up on college players who will likely advance through the minors fairly quickly. Additionally, I’m sure this’ll save some more cash for the run on prep pitchers that everybody knows that the Pirates will eventually go on.

  • Darkstone42
    June 9, 2015 1:45 pm

    I like this guy. I like the tools. I like the power and the fact that he’s also a decent pure hitter besides the strikeouts, which he improved on this year in college, so there’s a decent chance he can continue to improve from there.

    Actually, even though his name isn’t the same, he’s not, to my eye, terribly dissimilar from Skye Bolt in that there’s a lot of raw potential there which hasn’t been developed. But Hughston is younger, so maybe the Bucs like their chances to develop him better.

    • Darkstone42
      June 9, 2015 1:55 pm

      I also like the fact that he, like Newman and Kramer, played in a premier college conference, so the talent adjustment when he starts in the minors won’t be too jarring, and he can get right to work on improving.

  • Tim, you have to help us out. What is it that the Pirates are looking to do? I am so confused with this draft!

    • It looks like pitching was not a high priority but the later rounds for HS kids. Maybe they like their pitching signings the last two years.

      • With the pool money available and how this impacts the type of player drafted in terms of sign-ability I think they have a strategy that only after the dust settles will we understand what they are doing. It’s easy to say the best athlete available but exactly what does that mean. Based upon Stetson Allie history who knows if they would of drafted him or passed.

    • Draft good players, regardless of position.

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