By Jason Shetler
The 2015 MLB Draft for the Pirates was highlighted by a couple players with last names connected to characters on the hit show Seinfeld while the other is the son of a former big leaguer. Kevin Newman, Kevin Kramer and Ke’Bryan Hayes were the first three picks chosen by the Bucs. Since those three already have the upside of being top tier prospects in the system, here are some other players from that draft who could become legitimate prospects.
Brandon Waddell: The Pirates selected Brandon Waddell as a fifth round pick. He didn’t sign with the Bucs until mid-July due to Virginia making it to the College World Series. Waddell posted a 5.75 ERA with the West Virginia Black Bears, but the sample size was small with 20.1 innings pitched. His strikeout ratio however was impressive for a left-hander at 8.1. Waddell throws a low-90’s fastball with a chance to still add some velocity moving forward.
Jonathan Brubaker: With their sixth round choice, the Pirates took right-hander Jonathan Brubaker out of Akron University. He put up impressive numbers for the Black Bears, as he posted a 2.82 ERA along with a 0.94 WHIP and a batting average against of .216 in 73.1 innings. Brubaker can reach up to 94 mph with his fastball while also throwing a plus slider.
Mitchell Tolman: In the seventh round, Mitchell Tolman was picked by the Pirates out of the University of Oregon. The left-handed hitting second baseman played in 63 games with the Black Bears where he put up a solid .407 on base percentage, which was fourth highest in the New York-Penn League. Tolman also displayed good gap power with 16 doubles.
Seth McGarry: The Pirates chose Seth McGarry with their eighth round selection. The former Florida Atlantic right-hander had himself a good season in Morgantown with the Black Bears, posting a 3.88 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and held opponents to a .208 average. McGarry possesses a 97 mph fastball, but scouts say his secondary pitches aren’t impressive. Even if McGarry doesn’t pitch in the rotation, at the very least he can be a power-arm reliever who could possibly hit triple digits on the fastball.
Logan Hill: Perhaps the biggest diamond in the rough for the Pirates in the 2015 MLB Draft was their 25th round pick Logan Hill out of Troy University. The 22-year-old outfielder had very strong numbers for the Black Bears in 60 games, as he posted an on base of .402 and put up an .881 OPS, good for second best in the NYPL. In addition to the great offensive production, Hill also showed off good speed with 16 stolen bases.