Saturday, February 25, 2012
I got a Matt Purke AUTO
Going into the 2011 draft, I wanted the Pirates to select Matt Purke number 1 overall. That was before his injuries and arm concerns. When Purke was still available in the 3rd round, I was thinking that he could be a steal in that round. The Pirates passed on him and he eventually was drafted and signed by the Washington Nationals.
Instead of Purke, the Pirates selected 1B/OF Alex Dickerson in the 3rd round out of Indiana. Dickerson can hit for legitimate power and is a hitting machine. In his first taste of professional ball at State College last year, he hit .313 with an OPS of .886. He will need to cut down on his strikeouts, but could be fast tracked through the system due to a lack of depth at 1B.