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New Mock Draft From Jim Callis Has Pirates Going For Toolsy Prep Outfielder

Jim Callis just released his newest mock draft on MLB.com and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates taking prep outfielder Monte Harrison. Last week, Harrison was the choice from Baseball America.

Harrison is a three-sport star, who may have the highest ceiling of any position player in this draft class, but he also comes with some risks since he hasn’t concentrated on baseball only. He offers strong defense, a cannon for an arm, good speed and raw power. There are some questions around his bat, as to whether he will hit enough to make good use of that power and speed. Harrison would be tough to pass up with the 24th pick if he is still there due to that five-tool potential and athleticism. The Pirates have good depth in the outfield in their system, but due to his inexperience, he wouldn’t be someone that moves quick and plenty could change over that time.

Earlier today, Baseball America released their third mock draft and had Kyle Schwarber going to the Pirates. You can also view their top 200 list here and our fourth draft preview here, which includes a video and scouting report on Monte Harrison.

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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.

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Kevin Anstrom

Great coverage John!

Should be a fun draft to follow.

Based on my limited tracking I’d favor the following …

Round 1 (in order)
Forrest Wall – 2B/HS/FL – might be the best player in the draft?
Nick Howard – RHP/UVA – two-way player now but seems to have the tools to be a quality ML starter
Michael Chavis – 3B/HS/GA
Casey Gillaspie – 1B/WSU
AJ Reed – 1B/KY
Ti’quan Forbes – 3B/SS/HS/MS
Alex Blandino – 3B/2B/Stanford

Round 2 (in order)

Any of the above
Michael Kopech – RHP/HS/TX
Jack Flaherty – 3B/RHP/HS/CA
Matt Chapman – 3B/RHP/CSF
Justus Sheffield – LHP/HS/TN
Mitch Keller – RHP/HS/IA

Matt Beam

The next Mel Rojas or Cutch?

Matt Beam

John – thoughts about Derek Hill, BA has him ranked higher (mid 20’s) than most other lists that I’ve seen (40-50)… it’s hard to tell much from video but I really like his hitting mechanics vs most of the other HS guys I see, very little wasted body motion, very small stride, balanced hitting approach, actually watches ball hit the bat

Matt Beam

hoping #24 this year works out half as well as #25 from 5 years ago…

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