Earlier today Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus released a mock draft with his top ten picks. The Pirates were taking Deven Marrero in the mock draft, as Goldstein noted that everyone in the industry had them taking the shortstop.
Goldstein updated his draft board today after a lot of phone calls, and has a totally different result. This time he has Florida catcher Mike Zunino falling to the Pirates with the eighth pick. He notes that few teams from picks nine to 20 have Deven Marrero in their mix. He also points out that Zunino is far better, and could make up for Tony Sanchez’s disappointing results.
I’ve previously pointed out that Zunino would be the best case scenario for the Pirates. I think you could make an argument for Carlos Correa, if he sticks at shortstop, but Correa doesn’t have a shot at falling, while it seems more likely that Zunino could fall to eight overall.+ posts
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.