Let’s just dive in.
Round 2 – Wyatt Mathisen, C, Calallen HS (TX)
Mathisen is an unusual case in that he is being drafted as a catcher, but he only played four games at that position this season in high school. However, scouts think he projects well behind the plate as he was rated as the #1 high school catching prospect by Baseball America. He has a commitment to play baseball at Texas, thus keeping up with the tradition of Neal Huntington ruining the Longhorns’ draft classes (Robbie Grossman, Josh Bell, Colton Cain).
Round 3 – Jonathan Sandfort, RHP, Winter Springs HS (FL)
Sandfort was rated as the #255 prospect in the draft by Baseball America and fits the “projectable pitcher” mold that Huntington has shown a liking for in each of his drafts. He is 6’5″, 220 pounds whose fastball sits around 90 mph with room for improvement. He has a commitment to the University of Florida.
Round 4 – Brandon Thomas, CF, Georgia Tech
Thomas was rated as the #89 prospect in the draft by Baseball America. He’s a switch-hitter with a lot of speed and decent pop. This season for the Yellow Jackets he hit .360/.481/.550 with five home runs.
Round 5 – Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bellevue CC (WA)
Sampson was rated as the #84 prospect by Baseball America and has a commitment to play for the University of Oregon. He was taken by the Marlins in the 16th round of the draft last season and possess a fastball that averages around 90 mph with a plus curve ball.
Round 6 – Eric Wood, 3B, Blinn College (TX)
Wood hit .318/.425/.486 in Junior College this season after not signing with the A’s last season when he was their 37th round pick. This looks like the first really “signability” pick of the Pirates draft with the hope to free up some money for Appel if needed.
Round 7 – Jacob Stallings, C, University of North Carolina
Stallings is more of a defensive-oriented catching prospect after hitting .294/.401/.429 his senior year with the Tar Heels. He owns UNC’s single season record for gunning down base stealers as he caught 32 players stealing in 2011 for a crazy 42.1 caught stealing percentage.
Round 8 – Kevin Ross, SS, Niles West HS (IL)
Ross was rated by Baseball America as the #225 prospect in the draft who has a commitment to Michigan. He is drafted as a shortstop, but projects to move to third base. He possesses nice power, so if he can stay at short, his bat could play quite nicely there.
Round 9 – Douglas Crumlich, SS, University of California-Irvine
Crumlich was the Pirates’ 38th round pick last season but went unsigned. The Bucs must have liked him, though, because they nabbed him again in the 9th round this year. He hit .324/.402/.405 his senior year for the Anteaters.
Round 10 – Pat Ludwig, RHP, Yale (CT)
Ludwig is a senior who throws four different pitches (fastball, curve, slider, change) who posted a 2.73 ERA over 62 2/3 innings with 64 strikeouts and 23 walks for Yale this year.
Round 11 – Christopher Diaz, SS, North Carolina State
Diaz hit .356/.394/.482 for the Wolfpack in his junior year at NC State this year. He’s got a good chance to stay at short.
Round 12 – Dalton Friend, LHP, Jefferson College (MO)
Friend has a commitment to Texas A&M after posting a 2.94 ERA in 46 innings with 68 strikeouts and 22 walks in junior college this year. He projects to be a relief pitcher.
Round 13 – Thomas Harlan, LHP, Fresno State (CA)
Harlan is another big, projectable guy here at 6’6″, 195 pounds. His fastball sits around 90 mph and he posted a 2.78 ERA over 106 2/3 innings with 85 strikeouts and 16 walks.
Round 14 – Walker Buehler, RHP, Henry Clay HS (KY)
Buehler might be the best player taken by the Pirates in day 2 as he was ranked by Baseball America as the #50 prospect in the draft but fell to the 14th round due to a strong commitment to Vanderbilt. He throws his fastball in the low 90’s and also throws a curve and a change.
Round 15 – Jonathan Youngblood, CF, Meridian CC (MS)
Youngblood is a speedy outfielder with a lot of tools, but has not really hit well. In junior college this season, he hit .277/.379/.326, so he will be a bit of a project.
For more information on all these guys, Tim over at Pirates Prospects has more detailed posts about every pick from today that are all worth a look. Overall, it seems like a pretty good day for the Bucs and it also seems like the Pirates were true to their word that they wouldn’t be conservative in these rounds in an attempt to free up money for Mark Appel.