The 2020 MLB Draft continues tonight at 5 PM EST on MLB Network. The Pittsburgh Pirates will make the seventh selection today with the 44th overall pick in the draft. They will also pick 79th, 108th and 138th tonight. The draft has been limited to five rounds this year and the Pirates have six picks total. They used their first two picks on New Mexico State infielder Nick Gonzales (7th overall) and South Carolina right-handed pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski (31st overall).
Our First Pitch article from this morning covered the top remaining players left on the draft board. You can also check out our tiered rankings to see some of the other top players left. Here’s our Draft Pick Signing Tracker, which will keep track of the players signing and their bonus pools.
Check out this video by former MLB player and first round pick Matt Antonelli, who breaks down the swing of Nick Gonzales. Antonelli’s YouTube channel is highly recommended.
I’ll update with the Pirates picks as they happen.
The Pirates selected prep pitcher right-hander Jared Jones with the 44th overall. He was profiled in our tiered draft ranking. We will have a separate article up on him shortly.
At 79th overall (third round), the Pirates took right-handed pitcher Nick Garcia from DIII Chapman University. Article coming up.
At 108th overall, Pirates took right-handed pitcher Jack Hartman from Appalachian State. Article on the way…
Logan Hofmann was the final pick, another right-handed pitcher. Five straight right-handed pitchers taken by the Pirates. His article is up.
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.