Law’s Second Mock Draft Says Giolito is a Possibility

Keith Law released his second mock draft today for ESPN Insiders. With the eighth pick, he once again had Deven Marrero going to the Pirates. However, he noted that he thinks they’re still exploring other options, despite the industry consensus that Marrero will be the guy.

Law once again mentions Chris Stratton, but this time adds that he’d imagine they would be open to any top guy who fell out of the top seven, using Albert Almora as his example. He concluded by saying that Lucas Giolito could be a possibility there.

Law’s first seven were Mark Appel, Byron Buxton, Mike Zunino, Carlos Correa, Kevin Gausman, Max Fried, and Kyle Zimmer. He had Almora going ninth.

As for Giolito, Law mentioned that teams will be reviewing medical reports with their doctors in the upcoming days, at which point we should get a clearer picture on who is interested in the right handed prep pitcher.

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  • buccotime57

    I just dont see how a guy who could have a .700 OPS someday is someone you take with the eighth pick in the draft…this reminds me of that fateful day littlefield said bryan bullington could someday be a solid number three starter…draft fried or giolito..or someone that falls from he top seven..

    • Tim Williams

      You’re focusing only on the offense and potential upsides here. What you’re ignoring is the value of plus defense at shortstop. You’re also ignoring the floor for Marrero. There might be more potential upside with Fried, but his floor is also lower. Marrero is a strong bet to make the majors and have an impact.

      It’s not like Bullington. That was the first overall pick. This is the eighth overall pick. It’s a big difference.

      • buccotime57

        I see what you are saying..this year there are only 12 SS with an OPS of .700..and starlin castros OPS is 0.765 with the highest being a cabrera at 0.886…I just am not sure about him and I like the idea of frieds upside having a lefthanded pitcher in between cole and taillon..i know that everyone will not make it probably but pitching is the most important to me…I feel we can get solid college bats after the first round..we are due to get lucky in there

        • Tim Williams

          As I’ve said many times, I’m not fully sold on Marrero myself. I’d take Almora, if he’s there. Or one of the top six guys. Or Giolito, if healthy. But I don’t think Marrero is that bad of a pick if all of those guys are gone and Giolito isn’t healthy.

  • ecbucs

    How much better is he than Maggi? He is probably the best fielder in minors now. Would Marrero be a huge upgrade over Maggi? I guess he must be with glove but maybe not with bat.

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