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2010 Draft Day Two: Open Thread And Rundowns Of Picks Three Through Eight

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The Pirates went crazy for pitching today after doing pretty much the same thing last year. It may be worth pointing out here that the Bucs already had a ton of interesting pitchers at the low levels of the minors and that their lowest-level affiliate currently playing (West Virginia) hasn't hit particularly well this year, so I'm not sure how all these pitchers are going to work in terms of organizational need, but a lot of the picks are certainly pretty interesting. I've already written about the Bucs' first two picks, Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, who are a pair of high-upside, high-velocity high school pitchers. I'm not too worried about the Pirates signing Taillon, but Allie will require a substantial bonus too.

Here's what I can glean about the other picks. Thanks to everyone who hung out in the threads and posted about these picks as they happened; I'm going to crib a bunch of stuff from there. The only position player the Bucs took in the first ten rounds was third-rounder Mel Rojas Jr., a very toolsy junior college outfielder. You can watch him take BP here:

You can check out a scouting report here. He doesn't project as much of a power hitter, but he has a good package of speed and defense, and he could stick in center. He looks like a very good pick for the third round.

In the fourth round, the Pirates grabbed Nicholas Kingham, a tall high school RHP from Nevada. He has a good fastball and a strong changeup, so there's reason to hope he'll end up making it as a decent starter. 

Fifth rounder Tyler Waldron is a pitcher out of Oregon State. He was supposed to be OSU's ace last year, but he struggled mentally and ended up as their closer.

Sixth-rounder Jason Hursh is a Texas high school pitcher who will probably require a large bonus, as he's committed to Oklahoma State. He rose late in the draft and appears to have good upside, although he doesn't have a long track record of success and will probably be a bit of a project.

Seventh-rounder Austin Kubitza is another high school arm who will probably require substantial money to keep him from going to Rice. Baseball America thinks highly of him. Eighth-rounder Dace Kime is yet another high school pitcher, and he'll also probably require an over-slot bonus--he's committed to Louisville.

We're going to learn a lot more about these guys in the coming weeks, but again, I'm guessing that the Pirates aren't planning on signing all of them. I'm guessing Waldron won't be much of a problem, and that Rojas will be signable, but Allie, Hursh, Kubitza and Kime will be a little more complicated. (13th-rounder Christopher Kirsch, who was another late riser in the draft, might be also; I'm not sure.) I'm speculating somewhat here--I'm just learning about these guys too--so if you've found other information, let me know in the comments.

UPDATE 5:56 PM: Among the later-round picks, 19th-rounder Kent Emanuel and 21st-rounder Dale Carey might be ones to watch. Emanuel has a commitment to UNC. Carey, in particular, sounds like he's a much better prospect than his round would suggest. With a strong commitment to the University of Miami, it sounds like it could take six figures to sign him.