Pirates Day One Draft Recap: Pittsburgh Focuses on Offense

Matt Gorski

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted a trio of batters after an exciting prep arm during day one of the 2019 MLB Draft.

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With four picks during the first night of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates spread the wealth a bit. They selected a prep arm (as they usually do) before snagging a pair of outfielders and a third baseman. This foursome should juice up the Pirates’ farm system and maybe give the team a few MLB options in the near future.

18th Overall – RHP Quinn Priester – Cary-Grove HS

With the team’s first selection, they selected Quinn Priester, an 18-year-old, right-handed pitcher out of Cary-Grove high school. His fastball touches the upper-90s but he also throws a strong two-seamer and wonderful curveball. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, he’s a high-level athlete that played multiple sports in high school which should carry over well. As he develops, he’ll need to work on his changeup that he didn’t need during his prep years.

37th Overall – OF Sammy Siani – Penn Charter HS

At 37 overall, Pittsburgh selected Sammy Siani, a left-handed outfielder out of Penn Charter high school. He’s the younger brother of Mike Siani who was drafted in the fourth round in 2018 and signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He has a solid hit tool (55 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale) thanks to a smooth, direct swing. His power is a bit of a question mark as he’s 5-foot-11 and just 175 pounds at the moment.

57th Overall – OF Matt Gorski – Indiana University

Next, the Pirates went after a college outfielder in Indiana University’s Matt Gorski. The 21-year-old righty has a great frame at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds and should improve on his 50 power tool with that. This season, he slashed .271/.374/.498 with 12 homers, 18 stolen bases, and 46 RBI. One knock on Gorski is that his swing is a bit long and he often finds himself chasing home runs. That led to 62 strikeouts in just 55 games during his junior campaign.

72nd Overall – 3B Jared Triolo – University of Houston

Finally, with their last selection of the night, Pittsburgh drafted Jared Triolo, a third baseman from the University of Houston. He enjoyed a great junior campaign, slashing .332/.420/.512 with seven long balls, 44 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He’s a solid defender at the hot corner and flashes some speed and power, but he doesn’t project to be elite at any aspect. However, his overall makeup (6-foot-3, 212 pounds) gives him room to unlock a bit more power in the minor leagues.

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