Yeah, but he did sound pretty darn skeptical. It's at least clear he is not at the top of their board.
It's hardly in their interest to pump him up if they are thinking about picking him anyway. Or if they don't pick him, again it's better to try to make they guy they take seem better. Could be the Pirates don't want to ante up $15 signing bonus, right?
In other words, what they say to the public may have everything to do with posturing and politics and leverage but nothing to do with actual scouting evaluations of the kid and his peers.