Thursday's new mock draft from Baseball America had the Pittsburgh Pirates taking Virginia outfielder Adam Haseley with the 12th overall pick on June 12th. While it's still too early to give a great prediction of how the first round will play out, the mock draft does give you a group of names to watch and a great estimate of the quality of player the Pirates could select with their first round pick.
Haseley is predicted to get on base at a high clip, play solid defense, with a chance to stick in center field. He has a strong arm, with some power potential, though it might not translate to the pros. Due to his patience at the plate and ability to make consistent contact, he's a safer pick than a higher upside player, who may look great on paper due to the tools, but never reach the major...
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