In the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pirates have selected Jonathan Sandfort, a high-school pitcher from Florida who has a commitment to the University of Florida. He's only 17 and is already 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, so he has that archetypal pitcher's body the Pirates seem to love. We're going to see lots of references to Sandfort being "projectable."
Via Minor League Ball, here's a note on Sandfort:
Outstanding pitcher's build, strong with room to get stronger. Fastball to 92 mph, maintains velocity well, occasional arm side run. Very nice feel for change up, good arm speed and shows confidence in the pitch, soft curveball spin at present, needs more power in breaking ball, throws strikes and has an idea. Very athletic for his size.
Assuming the Pirates are able to sign him, Sandfort will take many years to develop, but the Pirates surely hope that he's able to reach his potential. They've drafted tons of tall high school pitchers over the last few years and haven't yet had much success with them, but perhaps Sandfort will be different.
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