2014-Draft

Baseball America’s Second Mock Draft Has Pirates Going With Monte Harrison

It is now the season for mock drafts and Baseball America has rolled out their second attempt at guessing the field. In the first one last week, they had catcher Kyle Schwarber from Indiana, going to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Schwarber had a hot streak recently and has moved up a little for most, so the new pick is prep outfielder Monte Harrison.

We haven’t talked much about Harrison this year, because he wasn’t rated this high early in the year. You can check back from a month ago when we posted a full scouting report and video on him here. He is a very athletic player, who also excels in football and basketball. The thinking is that once he concentrates on one sport, he can really take off, but he is already strong at all three sports. On the baseball field, he is full of potential. Harrison has plus speed, can cover center field and has a plus arm. He has a ton of power potential in his bat. His only average tool is the hit tool, but even that currently rates 50 on the 20-80 scout scale.

The Pirates have a lot of outfielders in their system and should be good at the majors for awhile, but Harrison has the chance to be special. Because he is still a high school player, he is far from major league ready and a lot can happen between now and then, so that should keep the Pirates from picking him.

A couple other recent links concerning the draft:

Keith Law posted a mock draft yesterday that had Pirates taking Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede.

We posted our draft preview, with scouting reports and video of four possible picks for the Pirates. It was part three in the weekly series leading up to the draft.

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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.

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  • deacs

    Do you think they go closest to the majors or highest ceiling? I realize this is kind of an impossible question. I’m guessing highest ceiling seeing as their best chance of hitting it big is the draft and not free agency.

    • John Dreker

      I think they go highest ceiling, but if two players have the same potential, they would go the safer college route. Harrison has huge potential, so he would be hard to pass up at 24. I think once he is playing only one sport, he will get even better

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