Pirates sign draft pick Chambers

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.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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