Jonathan Mayo’s First Mock Draft is Second Vote For Nick Plummer

With just under four weeks until the 2015 amateur draft starts, Jonathan Mayo from MLB Pipeline gives his first mock draft and it is a name we heard on Monday for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I went over Nick Plummer’s credentials yesterday, so just quickly, the Georgia HS outfielder has an advanced bat that will allow him to hit for average and power. He has above-average speed and he currently plays center field, but some think he will end up at a corner spot.

Plummer has been ranked #19 before in draft prospect rankings and he went to the Pirates in an early season mock draft, so this isn’t someone new. He has lived up to his preseason expectations, as most have had him in the 10-20 range all year. I’ve included video of him below courtesy of Big League Futures so you can get a better look.

Mayo goes up to #26, so it doesn’t cover the Pirates’ second pick at 32nd overall.¬†As for the players rated just after Plummer, they include a bunch of names we have covered often, starting with Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi, followed immediately by UCLA pitcher James Kaprielian, Southern Nevada pitcher Phil Bickford, Cincinnati outfielder Ian Happ and last year’s first overall pick, Brady Aiken. He won’t pitch until early next season due to Tommy John surgery.

 

  • BallHeadWonder
    May 13, 2015 6:48 pm

    With our Depth in the System, U gotta take the Aiken kid and roll the dice!! Tommy John is like an ACL and if this kid was number 1 overall last year and slides to 19???? That is a No Brainer!! NH has built up some credit to play with some house money with this pick!!! Pull the trigger!!!

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 12, 2015 9:31 pm

    Given the fact that the MLB roster is mostly set and that we have a lot of prospects at the AAA and AA levels – coupled with some very curious draft picks last year – I hope the Pirates emphasize high ceiling position players early in this year’s draft – although a HS pitcher like Nikorak would be welcome as well.

  • John: Still believe that young, strong pitching trumps young, strong hitting. Justin Hooper, Brady Aiken, Phil Bickford and the way it is breaking out, it may be possible to get two at No. 19 and No. 32. Signability is always a concern,but we have already moved Bell to 1B and Meadows is just another of the kids that will be looking for a place to play in the Pirate outfield.

    • i believe that its time to just take catchers and outfielders off the board for this year in the first few rounds

    • John Dreker
      May 12, 2015 10:57 pm

      I wouldn’t worry about a HS outfielder being blocked. You’re talking about someone if EVERYTHING goes right, he is up in mid-2019. So much can change between now and then. I wouldn’t have a problem with them taking the best HS hitter, regardless of position. Saying that, I still think they lean towards pitching due to amount of good pitchers at the top and the amount of pitching injuries in baseball

  • Thanks john.

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