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BA on the Pirates' Draft

Jim Callis answers WTM's question (scroll to the bottom) about 2005 early-round draft choices Brad Corley, James Boone and Jeff Sues. BA thought they would go lower, but Callis suggests that the Pirates' decision to take them earlier than expected isn't necessarily a case of overdrafting, since every round after the first is a crapshoot anyway. He says they weren't signability picks and that although these players are all flawed, they have high upsides. It appears that some of the early criticism of those picks may have been premature; however, it's worth noting that none of those players have been particularly impressive so far. Corley has tailed off recently at Williamsport, Boone hasn't done anything too noteworthy there, and Sues hasn't pitched yet.