The Pirates also signed third round pick Evan Chambers, according to this article. Chambers will join State College tonight. Here is my summary of Chambers from day one of the draft:
Chambers is an interesting selection. He was ranked #181 by Baseball America, which makes this another “reach”. However, Chambers draws comparisons to Kirby Puckett and Kevin Mitchell, due to his size at 5’9″, 215 pounds. Chambers is a center fielder who is athletic, an above-average runner, and fast enough to play in center.
His thick frame helps him generate raw power. The big issue is whether he can hit in the majors. He has trouble laying off breaking balls, but if he can fix that issue, he would become a steal. In 188 at-bats this year he hit .324 with 11 homers and 27 stolen bases.
My Summary: I think the comparisons to Puckett and Mitchell are due to his size, but how great would it be to get a guy like that. Chambers is probably the most interesting pick in the draft so far for us, although it’s not hard to beat a catcher and two right handed pitchers who specialize in control. The Pirates are stocked in the outfield, and Chambers panning out to these comparisons would give them even more depth.
The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the signing. No bonus info yet, so I’ll add that when I find it.