New Mock Draft from MLB Pipeline has Pirates Going for Pitching

Joanthan Mayo from MLB Pipeline has posted his own mock draft, looking at the 29 first round picks in the June 10th MLB Amateur Draft. He has the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Reid Detmers, a left-handed pitcher from Louisville, with the seventh overall pick.

Detmers was also the Pirates choice by Baseball America in their mock draft last Wednesday.¬†Detmers has a low-90s fastball with deception, with an above average curve and a solid changeup that shows good sink, as well as a slider that is a fourth offering. He had command of all four pitches, as well as a durable frame and an excellent track record. He should move quickly through the minors. He’s as safe as you can get for a pitcher in the draft, though his upside is someone limited due to his velocity and the fact that he’s already filled out and has polish. That link at the top has the most recent video for Detmers, but our Draft Prospect Watch article has much more.

Mayo says that Detmers is being discussed in that spot, but the Pirates could have interest in college outfielders Heston Kjerstad and Garrett Mitchell. He also notes that prep outfielder Zac Veen would be interesting here if he gets this far. Mayo has him going fifth overall to the Blue Jays.

Here are some other recent mock drafts:

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Baseball America has a best tools article for the draft. Keeping with the theme of this article, they have the following rankings, which are split up into groups of high school and college players.

Detmers has the fifth best breaking ball and second best control.

Veen is the third best prep hitter, fourth best power and best strike zone judgement.

Kjerstad is the fourth best college hitter and fourth best power.

Mitchell has the second best speed, he’s the best defensive outfielder, and he’s the third best college athlete.

Also of note, local prep outfielder Austin Hendrick ranks as the second best hitter, best high school power and fifth best strike zone judgement.

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