2014-Draft

Final Mock Draft From Keith Law, Plus Draft Links to Get You Through the Day

Keith Law put out his final mock draft(subscription required) this afternoon and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates going after pitcher Kyle Freeland. In his final draft rankings from yesterday, Law had Freeland ranked as the 19th best player.

The 6’4″, 185 pound left-hander from Evansville has a fastball that sits low-90’s, but many believe he still has room to add strength/weight to his frame, which could add to his velocity. His command is average(some say above average), with an above average slider and a change-up that projects to be an above average pitch. Freeland may have a little more projection than your normal top-ranked college pitcher, but he also has a high effort delivery, so he may also be maxed out now. He isn’t a huge upside pitcher like most pitchers we have been hearing, but he offers a solid three-pitch mix that should get him to the majors fairly quick, where he would be anywhere from a number 3-5 starter depending on how he progresses with his velocity and change-up.

There seems to be a split on what he currently offers and what he projects to be, so the report above is basically a mixture of those contrasting reports. One recent report from Baseball America had him ranked #5 in this draft class, but also said some have doubts he can remain as a starter due to his delivery. Freeland had a 1.90 ERA, with 13 walks and 128 strikeouts in 99.2 innings this year for Evansville.

Law mentions that the Pirates like prep 1B/OF Braxton Davidson, but he thinks there is a chance Davidson could last long enough that they take him in the 39th spot. You can get a scouting report on Davidson here, and a video of him here.

The mock drafts and links have been coming out quickly today, so here are all the important links from the last 24 hours:

**Final Mock Drafts From Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo

**Final Mock Draft From Baseball America

**Perfect Game’s Choices For Both Pirates Picks

**How to Follow the Draft on Pirates Prospects

**2014 Draft Primer: A New Challenge For the Pirates

**Pirates Prospects Top 100 Tiered Rankings

**Draft Pick Signing Tracker

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Final Thoughts on the Pirates Top Pick Before the Draft Starts

  • Joe Sweetnich

    Ceiling of #3-5 starter; Kind of sounds like what was said by DL about Bullington!

    • deacs

      I remember how outraged my older brother was when that comment was made. Had I fully understood what that meant at the time I would’ve lost it.

    • leadoff

      With the choices the Pirates will have I can’t see them taking a left handed Bullington with their 1st pick. He just does not fit their MO.

      • deacs

        Toolsy OF you think? HS arm?

  • Lee Young

    I am utterly amazed that none of these Mock Drafts agree
    :) :) :) :)

  • RichardJarzynka

    Freeland sounds like Jeff Locke. As I do every year, I want a college bat.

    • StevePegues

      Good pitching wins more games, is harder to find, and has more value than any college bat is likely to. I have an opposite view from yours: draft nothing but pitchers.

      Not to say this Freeland kid is or isn’t a good pitcher.

    • meatygettingsaucy

      Freeland has much better stuff than Locke will ever have to go along with ridiculous command. Maybe not a No. 1 ever, but he’ll be a dominate No. 2-4 starter

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