2013 Draft: Pirates Day One Recap

The first day of the 2013 Draft is in the books, and the Pirates have drafted three players they hope to add to their system soon.

1st Round, #9 Overall – Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (GA) [Full Story]

- Ranked #5 overall prospect by Baseball America.

- Plays center field, but projects to move to one of the corners.

- Baseball America named him “Best Athlete,” as well as having the “Best Strike Zone Judgement” among high schoolers. He was also named second-best “Pure Hitter” and second “Closest to the Majors” among prep prospects.

- Hit .535 with four homers, 14 doubles, and one triple his senior season.

Love that pick for Pittsburgh. Meadows was 4th on my board. High-risk but high-reward.

— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 7, 2013

1st Round, #14 Overall – Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (WA) [Full Story]

- Left-handed hitting catcher who was ranked by Baseball America as the top backstop in the draft and the #12 overall player.

- He has drawn nice reviews on his defensive ability as he sports a plus arm, has good receiving and blocking skills, along with a high baseball IQ.

- Was named USA Baseball’s Player of the Year in 2012 after hitting .400/.522/.514 for the 18-and-under team last year.

- Hit .436 with four homers, 13 doubles, and three triples his senior season.

Gotta think the #Pirates will be very excited if they get Reese McGuire to go with Austin Meadows. That would be a very nice haul #mlbdraft

— John Manuel (@johnmanuelba) June 7, 2013

2nd Round, #51 Overall – Blake Taylor, LHP, Dana Hills HS (CA) [Full Story]

- Ranked as #54 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

- Fastball sits 89-92 mph. Also throws a good curveball and a developing changeup.

- Has a projectable frame at 6’3″ and posted a 2.57 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 11 games this year as a senior.