Baseball America has released their third mock draft, and the results are very similar to the second round. Jim Callis has Reese McGuire going ninth overall, which has been a very popular pick for the Pirates in almost every mock draft recently. Callis had McGuire going ninth to the Pirates in his second mock draft.
Last time Callis had Hunter Renfroe going 14th overall, but has Renfroe going 13th. That leaves the Pirates with D.J. Peterson, third baseman from New Mexico. Peterson has been linked to the Pirates a lot this year, and Callis says they won’t pass him up if he’s there at 14. If Peterson is gone, the Pirates could go for Ryan Stanek or Trey Ball, according to Callis. They could also go the college bat route, turning to Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo, Samford outfielder Phillip Ervin, Stanford outfielder Austin Wilson, or Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge.
Based on all of the mock drafts recently, it seems the Pirates will go with McGuire with the ninth pick and one of Renfroe or Peterson with the 14th pick if they’re available.