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Gerrit Cole, Josh Bell, Other Pirates Draft Picks Receive Praise From Baseball America

Baseball America has issued a "report card" (subscribers only) for the Pirates' draft. As expected, there's a lot of praise for top overall pick Gerrit Cole and second-round pick Josh Bell, and Baseball America praises the Pirates for being "as aggressive as any team in the draft."


The Bucs spent heavily on Cole, which is expected, since the team that picks first in the draft generally must spend a fair amount of money. But they also broke the bank by signing Bell for $5 million, and also spent heavily on ninth-rounder Clay Holmes ($1.2 million), fifth-rounder Tyler Glasnow ($600,000) and seventh-rounder Jake Burnette ($550,000). BA describes Glasnow's curveball as the best of any pitcher the Pirates took in this draft, and BA also likes Holmes and notes that he can throw 94 MPH already.


After Cole, Bell and third-rounder Alex Dickerson, the Pirates' draft focused heavily on high-school pitchers. We'll hopefully see Cole in the majors within a couple years, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that we'll see Dickerson at that point also, but it will be a while before we see Holmes, Glasnow, Burnette or any of the other high-school pitchers the Pirates drafted.


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