Pirates Select RHP Mike Walsh with Their Ninth Round Pick

With their ninth round pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Mike Walsh out of Yale.

Walsh ranked 498th overall in this draft class, getting a bumped based off the info in the tweet above. His low-90s fastball has a high spin rate and he has a slider with a sweeping motion that is called above average. The Pirates are definitely going all in on guys with 90s fastballs/sweeping slider combos this year. He did not have good results at Yale this year (or in limited prior college time), posting a 5.68 ERA in 65 innings, though he picked up 80 strikeouts. He did outstanding in a relief role in summer ball, with 23 strikeouts in 11.1 innings. He doesn’t have the best control, which could keep him in that bullpen role. He managed to hit 24 batters this year at Yale. He’s 21 years old and stands 6’2″, 200 pounds.

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He better be a Bulldog if he hits that many batters!


Last years draft was atypical in a good way I hope. This year is more like the usual process of taking a guy or two at the top and putting nearly all hope for success on him/them then basically shooting from the hip hoping to hit on something but usually finding only air.

In truth the success or failure of this draft will hinge on whether Johnson turns out to be the hitter everyone says he will or not. It’s very unusual to find players after the first couple of rounds who even make it to the majors and often it’s not the ones you’d have expected.

Wilbur Miller

They better have interesting plans for day 3 because day 2 looks dedicated to finding innings for Greensboro.


Strange draft across the board so far. No top 100 guys picked after early round 5. Whole lot of dashes from 5 on where there should be a ranking. Starting to look like a big payday is in order for Termarr and at least one of the other top 4 picks. Here’s hoping for a splash to start off tomorrow.


You say there should be a ranking on all these other rounds and that just isn’t realistic in a hard slotting system.


J Mayo gave him a good mini-review; Cape work pretty good & looks like a reliever

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

At this point the draft is feeling like Termarr and Harrington or bust.


I think Barco and Kennedy are also interesting. Maybe we’ll get a Bishop-type tomorrow. But yes, in general, this draft doesn’t seem as interesting as the 2021 or 2019 drafts.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

True. True. There is Kennedy. With Barco, it isn’t that I don’t like the pick, it’s that it isn’t going to be till like 2025 till we even get a good idea about him. Might see tail end of next year, but will then be likely limited most of 2024, so then 2025 is likely first year he can be let loose. Assuming all goes well.

I was actually thinking in reference to 2019 as well, and although there’s some late life guys, I was thinking more about how they drafted a lot of college arms that flamed out rather quickly.


That said, skimming over some other teams’ picks, I’m guessing that those teams’ fans feel similarly to what we’re feeling. Just lots of college players that are harder to dream on than HS players.


I would add Barco and Kennedy, but yeah not a lot to get excited about through 9 rounds. Maybe a few high schoolers tomorrow?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I’d expect 11th rounder to be some upside prep or juco kid. Then there is usually a few other HS picks, but signing them is another thing.


College junior from an ivy league school. Have to believe he’s not a pool savings pick.


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