Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History

All tables below are based on the amount of WAR each player produced during their first seven seasons in Major League Baseball. The WAR totals for each draft class include both Pitching and Hitting WAR, but excludes any player that did not sign with their drafting team. The total WAR also reflects the total value the drafted player provided, not just the value to his drafting team.

*Data accurate through 2019 season.

Top Five Draft Classes

1985Pittsburgh Pirates46.7
1972Pittsburgh Pirates46.6
1966Pittsburgh Pirates42.3
2005Pittsburgh Pirates40.0
2011Pittsburgh Pirates37.3

Bottom Five Draft Classes

1999Pittsburgh Pirates-5.7
1993Pittsburgh Pirates-0.5
1991Pittsburgh Pirates-0.3
1984Pittsburgh Pirates-0.1
2006Pittsburgh Pirates0.0
This list excludes any season past 2010, since those draft classes have a multitude of active players.

Top Five Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198516Barry Bonds48.4
2005111Andrew McCutchen41.0
197014332Dave Parker31.3
201111Gerrit Cole29.5
19727167Willie Randolph27.6
List made from top five WAR values alone.

Five Biggest Busts

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
200211Bryan Bullington-0.2
198712Mark MerchantNo MLB Experience
200914Tony Sanchez0.2
200714Daniel Moskos0.2
200614Brad Lincoln0.7
List made from first round picks that produced less than 5.0 WAR in their first seven seasons and ordered by lowest overall pick.

Top Five Value Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
197014332Dave Parker31.3
196518348Bob Moose20.4
198312300John Smiley15.2
196522434Freddie Patek13.7
200120594Zach Duke13.6
List made from top five WAR values where a player was drafted outside of the first ten rounds.

Top Five Unsigned Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198129722Chris Bosio20.5
2000361079Scott Baker15.8
1982361Joe Magrane15.3
201120602Trea Turner14.3
19815117Bip Roberts13.6
List made from top five WAR values where a player did not sign with the team.

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