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The Pirates Upcoming Draft

I know there has been a lot of talk about the changes in the new CBA and how it will affect spending. Instead of harping on that issue, I thought it would be interesting to take another look at some players the Pirates could be interested with their 1st and 2nd round picks. Since Derrek Lee hasn't decided yet what he wants to do, I won't include a fourth pick. While I haven't seen any of these players live, I've seen a lot of video and read up on each player.

1st Round, 8th overall: SS Carlos Correa (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxkCTTe-4m0&feature=related

Correa is one of the top shortstops in the draft and considered a defensive wizard. Standing at 6'3, 190 lbs, Correa can handle any one of 2B, SS, and 3B. He has a cannon and is extremely accurate with his throws. While he hasn't shown great power, his build suggests he could add some as he matures. He has quick hands and a good eye around the plate. While committed to Vanderbilt, Correa has made it known he views baseball as a profession and hopes to help his family economically by playing.

Supplemental Round: C Nelson Rodriguez (George Washington HS, NYC)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oehoao80t4Y

Rodriguez is arguably the top prospect coming out of the state of New York. Rodriguez is a big, thick kid with good instincts and soft hands. His arm is accurate and strong. What makes Rodriguez a great prospect is his hitting ability. He has shown tremendous power as well as good plate discipline. He hits to all areas of field. One concern with Rodriguez that I actually like is, if he continues to grow, he may be forced out of the catching position and assume a 1B role. With the Pirates needs at 1B and C, Rodriguez seems like a good acquisition if available in the supplemental round.

2nd Round: LHP Taylor Rogers (University of Kentucky)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IexOqMIXKFo

Rogers is a bit of stretch here seeing as he has the potential to shoot into the 1st round if he has another strong season. Rogers has been a stud at Kentucky ever since arriving. Equipped with a low 90's fastball as well as several breaking pitches, all of which he has excellent control of, Rogers had a strong showing in the Cape Cod League. Due to the Pirates lacking of LHP prospects in the systems, Rogers would be a nice acquisition if available in the 2nd round.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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