On Friday morning, Jim Callis posted a new mock draft on MLB Pipeline and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Florida right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo. Early in the year, he was a possible first overall pick. Baseball America had him as the highest rated college player and MLB Pipeline had him fourth overall in the draft class. That led to him being featured early in our draft coverage.
So Callis is saying that the Pirates could get a player who was considered out of their range just 2-3 months ago, which brings up the obvious questions about why he dropped in the rankings. Faedo has minor arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees last fall, but that didn't affect his rankings early. When MLB Pipeline updated their top 100 rankings late last month, Faedo dropped down to 11th overall....
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