Turn on those flex compacitors and travel with me at a fast speed of 88mph cause we are going Back To The Future.
I've mentioned Back To The Future a few times on this blog before. Here. Here. Here.
Let's look back at what the future of the Pirates had to offer.
The Pirates transitioned out of their former management group in 2007 and hired Neal Huntington to be their General Manager for a rebuild in 2008.
The Pirates hadn't had a winning record since 1992, the last year they would make the playoffs too.
The team was focusing on drafting and developing their own players.
Their four previous draft picks prior to Huntington taking over were
(2004) Neil Walker, a switch hitting local product High School catcher in 2004. He would later be turned into a utility player before settling in as a Silver Slugger second baseman. He played in the majors with the Pirates from 2009 until 2015. He was traded prior to the start of the 2016 season for Jon Norse.
(2005) Andrew McCutchen, a toolsy quick handed outfielder from high school in 2005. He became the face of the franchise of the resurgent years for the Pirates. He made 5 All-Star teams, won an MVP, won a Gold Glove award, 4 Silver Sluggers, and was the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award recipient for his charitable contributions and work with the community. He will forever be an All-time Pirates great despite playing with the team for only 2009-2017.
(2006) Brad Lincoln, arguably one of the top college pitchers in the 2006 draft. He made his debut with the team in 2010 after having multiple injuries in the minor leagues. He started 22 games for the Pirates from 2010 to 2012 when he was eventually converted to a reliever. Lincoln thrived in the bullpen for the Pirates that season, appearing as a late inning guy with a K/9 over 10 and an ERA under 2.25. He was traded to Toronto for Travis Snider. Pirates fans will forever be upset that Lincoln was selected in front of former Cy Young Winners Clayton Kershaw, Tim Lincecum, and Max Scherzer.
(2007) Daniel Moskos, a lefty college arm that the team thought could impact immediately at the professional levels in 2007. This is arguably one of the most controversial picks in the history of the franchise because Matt Wieters, one of the most coveted catchers in recent memory, was available.