During the 2017 amateur draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates went on a run of selecting college shortstops, picking them in four consecutive rounds. Two of those draft picks went to the Bristol Pirates and two went to Morgantown. The 21st round pick was Robbie Glendinning, who made 15 starts at shortstop for Morgantown. Nick Valaika, the 24th round pick, made six starts at shortstop for Bristol and 23rd round pick Ben Bengtson made all of his starts with Bristol at third base. Then there was 22nd round pick Brett Pope, who made more starts at shortstop than the other three combined. From watching him play numerous times with Morgantown, there is reason to believe he could stick at the position going forward.

The Pirates took Pope out of Western Carolina, where he was primarily a shortstop duri...

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