While we don’t know yet if the MLB amateur draft will go off as planned on June 10-12, or be pushed back, or even possibly changed, we can still take a look at the top players in this draft class. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the seventh overall pick, as well as the 31st and 44th picks on day one. Baseball America expanded their draft rankings to 300 spots today and also updated the previous rankings based on reports they received prior to the baseball work stoppage.
BA now has Louisville starter Reid Detmers listed as the seventh best prospect, up four spots from his previous ranking. The 20-year-old lefty has a 6’2″, workhorse frame, with a fastball that can get into the mid-90s, as well as a curveball that BA refers to as “devastating”. Before play stopped this year, Detmers made four starts and had a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings, with 48 strikeouts and six walks.
Here are highlights from his start back on February 20th this year, courtesy of 2080 Baseball.
The day before that start shown above, BA had Detmers going to the Pirates in their latest mock draft.
For more draft coverage, here’s our latest Draft Prospect Watch article, which includes two players we covered on Saturday, as well as links to 13 previous players. We will have a new article on Saturday morning.
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.