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I can't say I approve of the Pirates's draft strategy. But at least they are consistent. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Jameson Taillon, the top-ranked high school pitcher, in the first round. Then, unexpectedly, Stetson Allie, the second-ranked high school pitcher in the second round after no other team took him in the first. That is, after Bryce Harper was taken by the Washington Nationals with the first overall pick. The keys here are "high school," and "pitcher." High school players (as a group), are notoriously less reliable than college players. And high school pitchers are the least reliable of all. A "normal" fielder has two functions; batting and fielding. If such a player doesn't live up to his promise in one area, there is always the other one that might provide compensation. Bu ...

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