Jonathan Mayo posted his third solo mock draft on Wednesday night on MLB Pipeline and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates taking Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad with the seventh overall pick in the draft. The draft takes place next Wednesday night and will be broadcast live on MLB Network.
This is the third different pick that Mayo has for the Pirates in his mock drafts. He went with high school outfielder Zac Veen in his first mock a month ago. That was followed up by Louisville left-hander Reid Detmers in his second mock two weeks ago. Veen could be off the board before the Pirates pick according to most sources. What is interesting here is that Mayo has Veen going eighth overall in this mock. He notes that he’s still possible for the Pirates, as is Detmers, but he’s hearing that the Pirates will go the college bat route and Kjerstad’s lefty power bat would work well at PNC Park.
Here are the Draft Prospect Watch articles for those three players:
If you missed the mock draft article yesterday, Keith Law had prep right-hander Mick Abel for the Pirates, while Baseball America had New Mexico State second baseman Nick Gonzales. If any other mock drafts come up today, we will add them here and then update the title, so check back later in the day.
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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.