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

Jim Callis just released his newest mock draft on 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.

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.

Jason Grilli Activated From DL, Tony Sanchez Optioned to Indianapolis

Next Story »

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Hits Sixth Homer; Reese McGuire Continues Streak

  • 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

Latest Analysis

  • Keller Supak Hinsz

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

    6 hours 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?

    2 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

    3 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

    4 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

    6 days 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

    7 days 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
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles