Welcome back for the third and final installment of the Ryan Leaf Effect: The Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Story.
As we have looked back at some of the decisions, some questionable, some brilliant, there are still questions floating around about the development of these players.
This time, we will look at the Bucco's first round picks from 2006 to 2009. After we finish with the picks, we will look at the hypothetical "Pirates of the Future", and will need YOUR feedback to the slideshows, as well as your thoughts for the future team.
The jury is still out on Lincoln. After taking a $2.75 million contract, he has struggled with injuries. He missed an entire year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Despite the surgery and lingering elbow and oblique pains, Lincoln is pitching reasonably well, with a 2-6 record and 2.69 era in the 16 games he has played this year.
Lincoln was recently named to the All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis.
Notable Players passed up: Brandon Morrow, Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlin
Although that is not Moskos, his former teammate's reaction says it all about this pick.
With a prospect (catcher Matt Wieters) in the draft who was supposed to be a guy who "comes around every so often," the Pirates went with who they could "afford" and picked the third (I believe) pitcher in Clemson's starting rotation.
Moskos is currently in the Pirates' AA system. He is 6-7, with a 4.20 era in 18 games. His fastball has been clocked at a 94 mph average, sometimes flirting with 96.
Moskos could pan out well, if he stays on the course he is now. One criticism is his ability to hold runners on base, but that could easily be improved with experience.
Notable Players passed up: Matt Wieters, Rick Porcello, Ross Detwiler
Alvarez will be a star. It's just a matter of when.
Alvarez, the second pick in the draft, is currently in Altoona, where he is batting .228, with a .767 OPS.
The only downside to Alvarez is his agent, Scott Boras. As he progresses, he could possibly demand more money than he already makes ($6.4 million), and would the Pirates be willing to pay that?
Another question is what happens with other 3B's such as Laroche (Andy), and Neil Walker? What will happen with them, or will Alvarez become a SS?
He was recently named to the All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis.
Notable Players passed up: ?
After the Pirates signed the game show contestants from India, the Pirates selected a catcher, Tony Sanchez, from Boston College.
In 2009, he hit .346 for the Eagles, which was 16th in the NCAA.
Sanchez is currently with the State College Spikes, the Low-A Pirates affiliate.
Not exactly sure what to think of him right now. We will see in about three to five years.
Jones is a slugger. He will have a big impact on the team in the coming years. Even though he is in the outfield, 1B is his best position
Shelby Ford AAA
Neil Walker AAA
Pedro Alvarez AA
Brian Bixler AAA
Brian Friday AA
Jose Tabata AA
Gorkys Hernandez AA
Tony Sanchez Low-A
Thank you to all who went through all three articles. I enjoyed this, and I hope you did as well.
Let the debate...begin.