Pirates Draft Day 2

JaCoby Jones

In the third round of the draft with pick number 87 the Pirates snagged second baseman JaCoby Jones a junior from LSU.

Jones has been the Tigers' starting second baseman most of his career, but the Pirates drafted him as a center fielder - a position he played in the first nine games of 2012.

He struggled offensively for the first 2½ months of the season and at one point was hitting .188 in late March. He heated up by hitting .423 in April and heads into the Super Regionals with a .273 average, 38 runs, 10 doubles, 5 home runs, 29 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

He earned freshman All-American and All-SEC honors in 2011 after hitting .338, but dipped to .253 last season.

Last summer, he won the home run derby at the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.

Here is what scouts had to say about Jones: Tools aren't the issue here; Jones has plenty. His arm strength, running speed, and power potential all rank at least above average, the complete physical package ranking among the best in the 2013 college class. However, scouts report problems with his swing mechanics that hold back his offense. He has a reputation for getting down mentally when things go against him, and his strike zone judgment is an obvious negative.

With pick number 119 in the fourth round the Bucs selected left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson a junior from Sam Houston State (TX). He had a 4.26 ERA in 95 innings this year, with a 91:51 K/BB ratio.

Here is what scouts are saying about the 6-3, 180 pound left-hander: Dickson is a tall, projectable lefty that throws his fastball mostly in the low 90s but could see an uptick of velocity with added weight. He has a very good three-pitch mix that includes a changeup that has the chance to be plus. He goes right after hitters and has a very good feel for pitching.

In round five with pick number 149 the Pirates selected shortstop Trae Arbet from Great Oak HS (CA). He batted .309 in 81 at-bats, with eight doubles, two triples, and two homers this year.

Here is the scouting report on Arbet: Arbet is a solid all-around player on both sides of the ball and has a good amount of athleticism working in his favor. He has pretty good bat speed with some gap-to-gap pop. An average runner, he's a solid defender with decent actions, range and arm. Some feel he's better suited for second, while some believe he has the goods to stick at shortstop.

In the sixth round the Bucs took Adam Frazier an infielder from Mississippi State University. He is hitting .344 (94-for-273) with 17 doubles, six triples, 33 RBI and 58 runs scored in 64 games as a junior this year with Mississippi State University. Was a pre-season All-American and semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award. Was also named to the 2013 SEC All-Defensive Team as a shortstop. Was the 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament MVP while also being named to the 2012 NCAA Tallahassee Region All-Tournament team. He ranked third in the SEC with a .371 average in 2012.

In round seven the Pirates grabbed Buddy Borden a right-hander from UNLV. Borden went 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA (1002.ip/29er) and 77 strikeouts in 15 starts as a junior this year at UNLV. Was named a semifinalist for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award, which is presented to college baseball's breakout player-of-the-year. Was named the 2013 Co-Mountain West Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2013.

The Pirates selected Neil Kozikowski a right-hander from Avon Old Farms (CT) School in round number eight. He was a 2013 Rawlings Northeast-All Region first-team selection and a 2012 Underclass Honorable Mention. Was named the third-best player in the state of Connecticut and second-best right-handed pitcher by Perfect Game.

In round nine the Bucs picked Chad Kuhl a right-hander from the University of Delaware. Kuhl went 10-2 with a 3.75 ERA (105.2ip/44er) and 76 strikeouts in 15 starts this year as junior at the University of Delaware. Was a second-team Colonial Athletic Association selection in 2013. Was the first pitcher from the University of Delaware to win 10 plus games since 2002. He was the 2010 Baseball Player-of-the-Year for the state of Delaware.

In the 10th round Pittsburgh chose Shane Carle a right-hander from Long Beach State University. Carle went 4-9 with a 3.57 ERA (93.1ip/37er) and 75 strikeouts in 15 starts as a junior this year at Long Beach State. Was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pitcher-of-the-Week on May 21; the first honor for a Long Beach player since 2008. Was a two-year starter at Cabrillo (CA) College before transferring to Long Beach State…Was a first-team All-Coast Conference selection in 2012 after going 5-4 with 52 strikeouts and 14 walks while posting a 3.21 ERA over 73.0 innings.

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