Kyle Schwarber would be a great bat for the Pirates to take in the first round. (Photo Credit: IU Athletics)

Draft Prospect Watch: Kyle Schwarber Homers, Matt Imhof Goes to Pirates in Latest Mock Draft

Chris Crawford posted his new top 100 prospect list and he has Braxton Davidson rated 24th overall, which is where the Pittsburgh Pirates make their first selection. Davidson was featured in our first draft preview, plus we also posted scouting videos for Davidson and three other possible picks. There is one caveat with Crawford’s rankings. He didn’t include Jeff Hoffman or Erick Fedde, two pitchers that are undergoing Tommy John surgery, but they still could go in the top twenty.

Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber had a big hit on Tuesday, drilling a three-run homer in the ninth during his team’s 7-2 win over Louisville. It was his tenth homer of the season. Schwarber was the Pirates choice in Baseball America’s first mock draft last week. Indiana first baseman Sam Travis went 1-for-4 with a walk on Tuesday. He is a likely second round pick.

Trea Turner from NC State had a big game on Monday, going 2-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs. Turner was ranked 22nd in Chris Crawford’s rankings above, which is interesting when you consider that Fedde and Hoffman weren’t included, so they would likely push Turner back two spots.

Catcher Max Pentecost from Kennesaw State went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored on Tuesday. In MLB.com’s rankings last week, they had Pentecost ranked 25th, but after Erick Fedde got injured, he was moved further down the list, pushing Pentecost to the 24th spot.

Virginia outfielder Derek Fisher went 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI during his team’s 12-3 win over VCU on Tuesday. Fisher has been ranked recently in the second half of the first round. Virginia first baseman Mike Papi is a likely second round pick, though he should be off the board before the Pirates make their second pick. He went 2-for-4 with a double, two walks and he drove in two runs.

Vanderbilt’s Walker Buehler threw five innings on Tuesday against Southeast Missouri St, giving up one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three batters. Buehler was the 14th round selection of the Pirates in the 2012 draft. He has a 2.35 ERA in 69 innings, with a .219 BAA and 81 strikeouts.

Finally, Dan Kirby from Through The Fences posted his latest mock draft and he rated Cal Poly starter Matt Imhof 24th overall. Imhof pitched well against UC Irvine on Friday night, giving up two earned runs over eight innings. He struck out 13 batters in the game, including four strikeouts against third baseman Taylor Sparks, who could sneak into the back end of the first round with a strong finish. We posted a scouting report and video of Imhof here back in late March when he was first mentioned in the Pirates range.

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.

Draft Prospect Watch: Max Pentecost and Michael Conforto Wrap Up Weekend With Big Games

Next Story »

Baseball America Unveils New Top 100 Draft Prospects List

Latest Analysis

  • Arquimedes Caminero

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

    10 hours 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

    2 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?

    3 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

    4 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

    5 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
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More