How Has The 1st Round Gone For Neal Huntington?

An examination of the GM's 10 years of first rounders

Matt Koll
June 03, 2019 - 12:27 pm
Neal Huntington

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Monday is the beginning of the 2019 MLB First Year Player Draft and it's a rather anticlimatic one, as the prospects taken often don't emerge on the MLB scene until years after they're selected.

Monday's selections will include picks 1-78, spanning the 1st and 2nd rounds, including supplemental and competitive balance picks in each round. 

With that, let's take a look at how Pirates GM Neal Huntington has spent his first round selections since assuming the position in September of 2007.


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1st round: 3B Pedro Alvarez (2nd overall)  

With Pirates- .236 avg 131 HR 401 RBI  .750 OPS 5.6 WAR  2013 All-Star selection 

Next 3 picks: Eric Hosmer, Brian Matusz, Buster Posey


1st round: C Tony Sanchez (4th overall) 

With Pirates- 143 AB .259 avg 4 HR 18 RBI .681 OPS 0.1 WAR 

Next 3 picks: Matt Hobgood, Zack Wheeler, Mike Minor 

1st round supplemental: P Victor Black (49th overall) 

With Pirates- 4.0 IP 2 ER 6 H 2 BB 3 K 4.50 ERA 

Traded to the New York Mets along with Dilson Herrera for John Buck and Marlon Byrd in 2013. 


1st round: P Jameson Taillon (2nd overall) 

With Pirates to present- 29-24 466.0 IP 3.67 ERA 419 K 117 BB 1.25 WHIP 8.5 WAR 

Next 3 picks: Manny Machado, Christian Colon, Drew Pomeranz 


1st round: P Gerrit Cole (1st overall) 

With Pirates- 59-42 782.1 IP 3.50 ERA 734 K 203 BB 1,22 WHIP 11.3 WAR  2015 All-Star selection 

Next 3 picks: Danny Hultzen, Trevor Bauer, Dylan Bundy 


1st round: P Mark Appel (8th overall) 

Did not sign with the Pirates, choosing to play another year at Stanford. He was then drafted 1st overall by the Astros in 2013 but never made it to the Major Leagues. He is regarded as one of the biggest draft busts of this decade. 

Next 3 picks: Andrew Heaney, David Dahl, Addison Russell

1st round supplemental: OF Barrett Barnes (45th overall) 

No MLB experience. Made it to AAA Indianapolis before being released. He is now in AA Binghamton with the New York Mets. 


1st round supplemental: OF Austin Meadows (9th overall)

With Pirates- 154 AB .292 avg 5 HR 13 RBI .795 OPS -0.1 WAR

Traded to the Tampa Bay Rays along with Tyler Glasnow and Shane Baz for Chris Archer. He's currently hitting .357 with 12 HR 37 RBI in 157 AB's with the Rays. 

Next 3 picks: Phil Bickford, Dominic Smith, D.J. Peterson 

1st round: C Reese McGuire (14th overall) 

Never made it to MLB with Pirates. Was traded in 2016 along with Francisco Liriano and Harold Ramirez to the Blue Jays for Drew Hutchison. McGuire received 31 AB's with Toronto in 2018, hitting .290 with 2 HR 4 RBI

Next 3 picks: Braden Shipley, J.P. Crawford, Tim Anderson 


1st round: SS Cole Tucker (24th overall) 

With Pirates to present- 105 AB .190 avg 2 HR 7 RBI .532 OPS 

Next 3 picks: Matt Chapman. Michael Chavis, Luke Weaver 

1st round compensatory: OF Connor Joe (39th overall) 

Did not make it to MLB with the Pirates. Made his MLB debut with the Giants but was DFA'd. He's now in AAA Oklahoma City with the Dodgers organization. 


1st round: SS Kevin Newman (19th overall) 

With Pirates to present- 186 AB .263 avg 1 HR 20 RBI .645 OPS 

Next 3 picks: Richie Martin, Ashe Russell, Beau Burrows 

1st round compensatory: 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (32nd overall) 

Currently in AAA Indianapolis- 195 AB .246 avg 2 HR 28 RBI .716 OPS 


1st round: 3B Will Craig (22nd overall) 

Currently in AAA Indianapolis- 189 AB .280 avg 15 HR 39 RBI .930 OPS 

Next 3 picks: Delvin Perez, Hudson Potts, Eric Lauer 

1st round: P Nick Lodolo (41st overall) 

Did not sign with the Pirates, went to TCU. He is now available in this 2019 Draft. 


1st round: P Shane Baz (12th overall) 

Was traded along with Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow to the Rays for Chris Archer. Now in A Bowling Green: 2-0 25.0 IP 1.44 ERA 0.84 WHIP 


1st round: OF Travis Swaggerty (10th overall) 

Currently in A Bradenton: 181 AB .249 avg 5 HR 19 RBI .717 OPS 

1st round compensatory: P Gunnar Hoglund (36th overall) 

He did not sign with the Pirates, he instead decided to play for Ole Miss. 

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