Kiley McDaniel from Scout.com released his last mock draft, just over an hour before the start of the draft and he has pitcher Luis Ortiz going to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ortiz’s name was first mentioned with the Pirates a couple weeks ago. Early in the year, he was always rated higher, but time missed due to a forearm strain seems to have dropped his stock. He returned and looked healthy, touching 95 MPH in his first game back. When at his peak, he is a workhorse type pitcher, with a fastball that hits 97 MPH, an average change-up and a slider that could be a plus offering. He has good control of all of his pitches.
McDaniel mentions that the Pirates hope for someone to fall to them, which is most likely the case with most teams picking this late. We are hearing a lot of top names could slide down, so don’t be surprised if the Pirates jump on one of them, looking for high upside with their first pick.
We have a full scouting report and video for Ortiz here in our draft preview.
You can view the rest of today’s draft news here, plus check out our final thoughts going into tonight.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.