Keith Law’s Final Mock Draft Has New Name For Pirates

With the draft now just hours away, Keith Law has linked a new name to the Pittsburgh Pirates and it is a very interesting one. Starting with the #9 pick, he has Reese McGuire. If you have been following all the mock drafts we have posted over the last few weeks, it would be a shock to you if the Pirates took anyone else but McGuire with this pick. In fact, the only way it likely wouldn’t happen is if some big name fell, or someone else who hasn’t been linked to McGuire ahead of the Pirates, decides to take him.

Keith Law thinks that Hunter Renfroe won't be available when the Pirates make their second pick Image Courtesy: Mississippi State Athletics

Keith Law thinks that Hunter Renfroe won’t be available when the Pirates make their second pick Image Courtesy: Mississippi State Athletics

With the 14th overall pick, Law brings up a new name for the team, but one that has been mentioned here often as a strong pick at that spot. He has the Pirates taking High School first baseman Dominic Smith out of California. Most recent mock drafts have the Pirates taking either D.J. Peterson or Hunter Renfroe with this pick, both college players. While each would provide solid bats to the lineup in the near future, Smith has the higher upside of the group. He has a strong bat, already with tons of power. He is also strong defensively and has a great arm.

Law doesn’t have the Pirates passing on Peterson or Renfroe with the second pick, he thinks both will go off the board in the 11-13 range, leaving the Pirates with a higher upside bat, but one further away from the majors, who obviously has a lower floor than the other two players.

With the 9th pick, he has the Pirates passing on Georgia outfielder Clint Frazier, who he thinks will go 13th to the  Padres. He also mentions the Padres will take Renfroe if he is there. Frazier is the best HS bat in this class and is an athletic player, who plays center field now, but may need to move to a corner position. It would be tough to pass on someone who has been mentioned at times as having 30-35 home run power(some have said 35+). He isn’t just all power though, he can actually run, field, throw and should hit for average. Early in the year, Frazier was mentioned as a possible first overall pick and he had a strong season, so his fall is the rankings is a bit of a head-scratcher.

The first round of the draft starts tonight at 7:00 PM. We will have complete coverage on the site. All the links to follow tonight and over the next three days, can be found here in this draft day primer.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

John Dreker

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.

How to Follow the Draft On Pirates Prospects

Next Story »

Jonathan Mayo Updates His Latest Mock Draft With Change At Top

  • tripleplay24

    If Frazier is available I sure hope they take him

Latest Analysis

  • Alen Hanson f

    Pirates Talk With David Todd: Hanson, Ramirez, Taillon, Kingham, Richard, Worley

    2 hours ago

    I was on 970 ESPN in Pittsburgh this afternoon for my weekly segment with David Todd. The podcast can be heard below. Here is a summary of ...

    Read More
  • Billy Roth is the top prospect in Bristol this year.

    Another Projectable Prep Pitcher Sees An Increase in His Velocity

    8 hours ago

    When discussing the best Pittsburgh Pirates draft under Neal Huntington, the 2011 group has to be at the top of the list. It features Gerrit Cole, Tyler ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero

    Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles After Today’s Cuts

    2 days ago

    With less than a week remaining in camp, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts this morning, sending three relievers to minor league camp, including ...

    Read More
  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    3 days ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    5 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    5 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    7 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    1 week ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles