Baseball America released their fourth mock draft of the year, this one with updates as they find out more information ahead of the June 10th draft. They have the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting left-handed pitcher Reid Detmers from Louisville.
We have mentioned Detmers here a few times before, including an earlier mock draft by BA in which he went to the Pirates, as well as our Draft Prospect Watch article that featured him last month. Detmers is the most polished pitcher in this draft, but he has limited upside due to a lack of projection and average velocity. He’s as safe as you can get with a starting pitcher, but the chances of him developing into an ace or #2 starter are unlikely.
Detmers has a low-90s fastball with deception, with an above average curve and a solid changeup that shows good sink, as well as a slider that is a fourth offering. He had command of all four pitches, as well as a durable frame and an excellent track record. He should move quickly through the minors.
Here’s a video from BA this is worth watching
BA also updated their top 500 list, though it has very little movement and mainly they just added more scouting reports. Detmers ranks eighth on their list, while high school outfielder Zac Veen ranks seventh. Veen was covered very early in our draft coverage in an article that mentions him as one of the top high school bats in the draft. He’s been called a potential five-tool center fielder, with an above average bat and raw power from a 6’4″ frame.
Here is Veen’s new video from BA
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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.