The Pirates did it. They signed 11th round pick Gage Hinsz. I was a little worried as they did not seem to have a lot left and an Oregon State commitment is not easily broken, but I am glad that they got him.
That wraps up this years draft, and I like it. I liked it earlier, but I think now Pirates fans need to readjust their thinking to see drafts like this as good. This is an average draft, and we should like average. It is called average for a reason, it happens regularly. It is going to be harder and harder to get great drafts if the Pirates are going to insist on finishing above .500. It is evident now that the Pirates were not trying to save money on Tucker, but that other teams also had him ranked in the middle of the first round. And while you might could quibble about Connor Joe, or Jorge from Puerto Rico, every draft is going to have a few of those picks.
The Pirates are consistently showing an ability to get a decent pick just outside the 10th round the way they draft. They have shown a willingness to pay a tax, but not lose a draft pick. They have clearly strengthened an already stocked farm system. There may not be an Andrew McCutchen in this group, but there are a whole lot of Josh Harrisons.
It is not a blow your mind great draft, but those should be rare. It is not an awful draft either. This is the average. And it is an average the Pirates can live with.
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