06/08/11 5:42 PM ET
Aggressive Pirates see quality Draft haul
By Laura Myers / MLB.com
After choosing UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 overall pick, the Pirates selected 20 more pitchers along with 13 outfielders and 16 infielders, most with good potential on offense. Twenty-six selections came from college teams, while 24 of their draftees are from the prep ranks.
Scouting director Greg Smith said Day 1 was "exciting" for the scouting staff as they selected Cole.
"It was difficult, however, to watch the next 60 players come off our Draft board," Smith said.
The Pirates got right back into it on Day 2 as they selected outfielder Josh Bell with the first pick in the second round. Bell, considered by many to be a first-round talent, is committed to the University of Texas.
Along with Bell, the Pirates drafted five other high schoolers over their first 10 picks, all pitchers with college commitments. In 2010, the Pirates drafted eight high school pitchers among their first 10 picks, and signed four. The deadline for drafted players to sign with a team is Aug. 15.
"We as an organization are willing to draft players that we anticipate will be difficult to sign, and as a result we anticipate some players will remain unsigned," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We have followed the same process again this year and remain committed to adding a large number of quality prospects to the system."
With the later picks, the Pirates began to select more hitters and college students to make for an overall even selection.
Huntington said the three-day draft process went well, though he said a true evaluation of the Draft couldn't happen for several years.
"We believe we have positioned ourselves to add a great deal of talent to the system -- which is the ultimate purpose of the Draft," he said.
Laura Myers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.