Coming into the 2018 draft, the expectation was that the Pirates would take a prep player with their first pick, with many projecting them to take a high school pitcher. They gave a bit of a surprise when they drafted college outfielder Travis Swaggerty.

Swaggerty was ranked high, being taken tenth overall, and being ranked 11th by Baseball America and, along with fourth by Keith Law. The Pirates then landed their prep pitchers by taking Gunnar Hoglund with the 36th pick and Braxton Ashcraft with the 51st pick, adding two young right-handers.

At the end of the day, the Pirates got a familiar mix of players. Swaggerty has some upside, with five tool potential. He's got the defense and arm to stick in center field, along with the ability to hit for average, get on base, and pro...

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