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New Mock Draft From Jim Callis Has Pirates Going For Toolsy Prep Outfielder

Jim Callis just released his newest mock draft on MLB.com and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates taking prep outfielder Monte Harrison. Last week, Harrison was the choice from Baseball America.

Harrison is a three-sport star, who may have the highest ceiling of any position player in this draft class, but he also comes with some risks since he hasn’t concentrated on baseball only. He offers strong defense, a cannon for an arm, good speed and raw power. There are some questions around his bat, as to whether he will hit enough to make good use of that power and speed. Harrison would be tough to pass up with the 24th pick if he is still there due to that five-tool potential and athleticism. The Pirates have good depth in the outfield in their system, but due to his inexperience, he wouldn’t be someone that moves quick and plenty could change over that time.

Earlier today, Baseball America released their third mock draft and had Kyle Schwarber going to the Pirates. You can also view their top 200 list here and our fourth draft preview here, which includes a video and scouting report on Monte Harrison.

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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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  • Matt Beam

    The next Mel Rojas or Cutch?

    • John Dreker

      That about sums it up. You assume that lack of experience means he has room to grow, but you never know what happens once you get them into the system. Some plays make adjustments, while others stick with what got them there

      • Matt Beam

        hoping #24 this year works out half as well as #25 from 5 years ago…

      • Matt Beam

        John – thoughts about Derek Hill, BA has him ranked higher (mid 20’s) than most other lists that I’ve seen (40-50)… it’s hard to tell much from video but I really like his hitting mechanics vs most of the other HS guys I see, very little wasted body motion, very small stride, balanced hitting approach, actually watches ball hit the bat

        • John Dreker

          Recently he has been rated higher. I really didn’t talk about him much because he was rated fairly low once the season got started. He seems to be a lot like Harrison, questions about the bat, but the defense/arm and speed are all above average. I’ve seen a couple sources say he has a slow bat, so that scares you a little when you realize the pitch speeds are only going to get higher the higher he goes

  • Kevin Anstrom

    Great coverage John!

    Should be a fun draft to follow.

    Based on my limited tracking I’d favor the following …

    Round 1 (in order)
    Forrest Wall – 2B/HS/FL – might be the best player in the draft?
    Nick Howard – RHP/UVA – two-way player now but seems to have the tools to be a quality ML starter
    Michael Chavis – 3B/HS/GA
    Casey Gillaspie – 1B/WSU
    AJ Reed – 1B/KY
    Ti’quan Forbes – 3B/SS/HS/MS
    Alex Blandino – 3B/2B/Stanford

    Round 2 (in order)

    Any of the above
    Michael Kopech – RHP/HS/TX
    Jack Flaherty – 3B/RHP/HS/CA
    Matt Chapman – 3B/RHP/CSF
    Justus Sheffield – LHP/HS/TN
    Mitch Keller – RHP/HS/IA

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