Keith Law Posts Mock Draft, New Name Associated With Pirates

Keith Law has posted his first mock draft for insiders(subscription required) and he has a surprising new name linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates, first baseman DJ Peterson from New Mexico. Peterson has been discussed here daily in the draft recaps and he has had some huge weeks. The problem is, that he is a righty/righty first baseman, who plays in a huge offense ballpark, so not only is he not an ideal fit for PNC Park, his numbers are also skewed by his home field. 2013 draft

For the pick at the 14th spot, we hear a familiar name that has been linked quite often to the Pirates, HS pitcher Trey Ball. The lanky 6’6″ lefty throws low-to-mid 90’s, with an excellent change-up. He is also a very good athlete, with room to fill out. Early in the year, there were questions as to whether Ball would be drafted as a hitter or pitcher, but his pitching has really taken off. As a hitter, he is still a top 100 prospect.

The explanation of the pick of Peterson is that Law doesn’t believe that he will last past the 12th spot, so the Pirates will take him with the early pick. If the draft actually went the way he predicted, they would pass on four outstanding HS hitters, Dominic Smith, Reese McGuire, Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows. I personally have seen all four of those players rated ahead of Peterson all season long and I’d be shocked if they could pass on all of them. Frazier and Meadows have been near the top of the draft class since the pre-season. Smith is a lefty out of Serra HS, who plays first base and has a higher upside than Peterson in the power department. McGuire is an athletic catcher, who will stick at the position, with plus defense and a good bat.

They would also be passing on HS shortstop JP Crawford, who he has going 16th overall, and Austin Wilson and Hunter Renfroe, both heavy hitting college outfielders. Peterson has really risen up the draft charts very recently, so this isn’t the first time he has been mentioned in this range. Earlier in the year though, and for most of the season, he has been in the mid-20’s to as low as the 40’s with his placement.

Peterson is hitting .408 this year in 46 games, with 22 doubles, 16 homers, 40 walks and a 1.354 OPS. Strong numbers, but New Mexico and their opponents average 14.5 runs per game, with higher totals during their home games, where they have scored double-digit runs 16 times already in 28 games.

It would seem like if they went with this pick, it would be a safer player, who could get to the majors sooner at a position that isn’t deep in the minors. They would be going with a low-upside choice though, especially compared to Clint Frazier, who has been mentioned as having 40 home run power. Frazier is also more athletic, faster and has a strong arm, currently playing center field.

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • emjayinTN

    The Pirates are very solid in every aspect of the game. Those area’s where they have need (SS) can be filled either in the Free Agent market or by promoting Jordy Mercer. Therefore my choice at No. 9 would be Trey Ball regardless of who else is available. Big time LH arm is something the Pirates do not have at the lower end of the system. How nice would it be to have a 6’6″ RHSP in Luis Heredia and a 6’6″ LHSP in Ball and both are still 18. At No.14 if C Reese McGuire is available he would be my pick. If he has already been taken, Ian Clarkin another HS LHSP who throws in the 91-92 area now, and can bump up to 93-94, and has a reputation of knowing how to pitch would be my pick.

  • Marcus Herbold

    I’d love to see the Pirates get a nice power hitting 1B or Catcher. You can never have enough quality pitchers but instead of signing all these journeymen to play behind the plate and 1b for one year lets get a good catcher that can play for more than a year and actually give Cole and Wilson and all the young arms a guy they can build a relationship with and have a good connection with for a few years. They have a new 1st Baseman and Catcher every year. We have a good SS in Alen Hanson working his way up the minors, we have 2 top 15 pitching prospects 3 top 100, Polanco is in the top 100 as an OF, then we have a bunch of other players with tons of potential like Josh Bell and Barrett Barnes so lets get a Catcher / 1st Baseman who can play both positions or get one for each position. Just my opinion. Neil Huntington is doing better than he has the past few years but lets go already. And if Cole doesnt get called up at some point this season I have a feeling we wont have to worry about seeing him in a Pirate uniform the rest of his career……cause he will sign with somebody who will play him and pay him more.

    • Kerry Writtenhouse

      Gerrit Cole will sign for max dollars once he’s eligible regardless of when he’s called up. Whoever they draft is going to be at least 2 or 3 years away best case scenario. Draft best player on their board regardless of position.

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