Seventh Round: Pirates Draft Oregon Third Baseman Mitchell Tolman

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted Oregon third baseman Mitchell Tolman in the seventh round. He’s listed at either 5′ 11″ or 6′ 0″ and around 190-195 pounds. He’s a good hitter with gap power, hitting 20 doubles to tie for the conference lead this year. He’s a left-handed hitter, and improved his K/BB ratios this year, with 44 walks and 40 strikeouts in 231 at-bats. He hit for a .325/.457/.468 line this season.

Once again, this is a typical Pirates pick. You’ve got a good contact hitter with advanced plate patience who is limited to gap power. He plays a premium defensive position, and might not stick there, profiling better as a future utility player. Baseball America says he has enough arm strength and the hands for third, but needs to improve his first-step quickness. The Pirates don’t have many third base options, so he won’t have much of a challenge for playing time at third in Morgantown this year.

This could be another under-slot pick, although probably only to get a few thousand dollars. The Pirates took that approach last year, going under-slot on a lot of day two guys, but only in small amounts for each pick. The result was that they were able to sign Gage Hinsz in the 11th round to a big over-slot deal.

Mitchell Tolman’s Player Page

  • I agree with those who are a little disappointed. I was all ready for the Bucs to pick Nikorak – another tall kid who can bring the heat. As this year has shown, it’s hard to have enough pitching, let alone too much. Of course, maybe Huntington is as tired as I am of having Alvarez come up with RISP needing only a hit, only to strike out.

  • Darkstone42
    June 9, 2015 4:49 pm

    I love the contact skill and the K:BB ratio. Guys who walk more than strikeout possess a very important skill to developing as a professional hitter. Could be better than the pundits suspect.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 9, 2015 4:45 pm

    Sometimes I just have to shake my head and just trust they know what they are doing. Other than Jacob Taylor (and possibly Hughston), none of the guys drafted today give you anything to get too excited about. Its a repeat of last year’s draft basically.

    • mike_carlini66
      June 9, 2015 4:51 pm

      I agree. Also, as the draft continues there really isn’t anything special about this draft at all. Of course that is just my opinion. It seems very blah across the board.

    • So long as you ignore drafting multiple players who can flat out hit the ball, yeah none of them are really exciting. HRs are exciting, but so is hitting .300 and playing decent defense. Not that each guys reaches that level in the majors, but its shocking how little fans appreciate the advanced hitting ability some guys show even with little power.

  • ScottinMass
    June 9, 2015 4:41 pm

    Sure hope they see something to get him in the 7th round, projections has him 10-20. Here is a quote from the Oregonian from 1 AL Scout:

    “He doesn’t have the biggest tools. He doesn’t hit the ball far, he doesn’t really run all that well. He doesn’t have the prettiest swing, doesn’t have the greatest range defensively but he’s a guy I think every team would love to have.”

    Um…ok….I guess….