Jim Callis has been busy on Twitter today with draft talk for all teams. When asked who he thinks the Pirates will take, he mentioned a hitter, and that he keeps hearing Deven Marrero, but that he could see Albert Almora or Mike Zunino. I think there’s a good chance Almora could be there, Marrero definitely would be there, and it would be a gift if Zunino somehow fell to eighth overall.
On Marrero, Callis said he’d still be a top 20 pick if the Pirates don’t go for him, due to his true shortstop ability. He also said that the appeal with Marrero is that he’s a true shortstop, and the bat isn’t terrible.
Surprisingly, he said that Mike Zunino was the most likely to fall out of the top five when presented with a list of Zunino, Kyle Zimmer, Kevin Gausman, and Mark Appel. He used a Jason Varitek comp for Zunino.