Pirates Select First Baseman Josiah Sightler with Their 15th Round Pick

With their 15th round pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected first baseman Josiah Sightler out of South Carolina.

The Pirates went with back-to-back picks from the University of South Carolina in the 14th/15th rounds. Sightler is a huge/strong 22-year-old (turns 23 in October) first baseman, who stands 6’5″, 235 pounds. He’s a lefty hitter and thrower. He played four seasons at South Carolina, though he was only a regular the last two seasons. Combined over his college career, he hit .265/.358/.494 in 127 games. He was a 12th round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2018 out of high school when he was more of a pitching prospect. He pitched briefly in all four seasons of college ball, and while he had 16 strikeouts in 13 innings, he also had a 7.62 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.

This season Sightler hit .300/.408/.629 in 51 games, with 11 doubles and 15 homers. That OPS was 117 points higher than the second best mark on his team. He’s a power profile, with average walk rates and no speed, as you might guess from his size.

Here’s a video of a long homer this year

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patrick_kelly

Please be our version of Pete Alonso

PirateRican21

We call ours Henry Davis!

TNBucs

For some of these SEC teams, it seems like about 1/3 of their roster is being drafted. I need to start watching more SEC games next year.

SBRO

yeah, I’m counting 10 from Tennessee so far, 9 from Arkansas, 7 from Auburn, 6 from Ole Miss, and 5 each from Mississippi State and Kentucky. Just incredible.

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