Normally when a team is taking a player in the later rounds of the draft, the player is taken as organizational depth. The team needs guys at certain positions to fill out the rosters at the lower levels. Those players usually just come in and play the position they play for a few seasons. Sometimes you see projects in the later rounds, although those are usually high school and JuCo picks. You don't often see a college hitter taken late in the draft as a project.
That's what the Pirates did last year with 41st round pick Jonathan Schwind. The junior from Marist College had played almost every position on the field in college. He played all four infield spots, right field, and even played center field. But the one position he didn't play was the position the Pirates drafted him for: catcher.
Schwind hadn't played behind the plate since middle school. Most players transition from catcher to an easier defensive position. It's not often that a player moves from another position to c...
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