Baseball America’s Second Mock Draft Has the Pirates Taking Hitters
In Baseball America’s first mock draft the Pittsburgh Pirates were projected to take Colin Moran and Sean Manaea. Today Jim Callis released his second mock draft at BA, and has two different names.
With the number nine pick, Callis has the Pirates taking prep catcher Reese McGuire. Moran was the previous pick, but went fifth overall this time around. Callis notes that the best case for the Pirates would be landing McGuire and D.J. Peterson.
Peterson ended up going 13th overall, one shy of the Pirates next pick. Another guy Callis has the Pirates passing on is Austin Meadows, who went tenth overall. He notes that Trey Ball would be a possibility, although Ball went one pick before the Pirates.
With the number 14 pick the Pirates are projected to take Hunter Renfroe. Callis has the Pirates leaning with a college bat here, noting that the Pirates will take Peterson if he’s there. He also lists Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo, Samford outfielder Phillip Ervin, Stanford outfielder Austin Wilson, or Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge. With the exception of Peterson, all of the other guys are projected in the 19-27 range, with the Cardinals getting two of those players.