2014 Draft

Third Mock Draft From Keith Law Has College Outfielder Falling to Pirates

Third Mock Draft From Keith Law Has College Outfielder Falling to Pirates
John Dreker

Keith Law posted his third mock draft today(subscription required) and he has a surprising name falling to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th spot. Law thinks that they could take Bradley Zimmer, the outfielder from San Francisco. This could be considered a huge drop for Zimmer, who was mentioned for awhile this season as the best college bat in the draft, ranked in the top ten for draft prospects numerous times.

Law mentions what we already know about the Pirates, that they will take best player available, regardless of position. If Zimmer really falls to them, I could see them taking him despite having plenty of depth in the outfield. Most people believed Zimmer wouldn’t make it past the Kansas City Royals, who have his brother Kyle in their farm system as one of their top prospects.

Bradley Zimmer has the potential for above average tools across the board, making him a polished five tool player. He has good speed, allowing him to steal bases and play center field, where his arm is above average. He can also hit for power and should hit for average as well. He would seem like a steal at the 24th pick.

Earlier today, Baseball America released their top 500 prospects list.  Zimmer ranks 14th on their list. He has dropped since early in the year, but this is the first time he has been as low as 24 in any mock 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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