By Jason Shetler
On Monday, MLB Pipeline came out with their updated midseason rankings of the Top 100 prospects. A new name is on the list, and that name is Pirates 2017 first rounder Shane Baz, who was ranked #88.
The Pirates selected Baz with the 12th overall pick out of Concordia Lutheran High School in Texas, the same school that Pirates third base prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes played at. The selection of Baz marked the first time since 2010 that the Bucs chose a prep arm in the first round.
Just a day after being drafted, Baz and the Pirates agreed to a signing bonus of $4.1 million, which was above slot value. The arsenal for him is a mid-90’s fastball that can touch 98 mph, a plus cutter and a good slider. Baz is currently pitching for the Gulf Coast League Pirates, where he has a 2.08 ERA in four outings.