MLB Pipeline has been doing a mock draft once a week for the last two months, flipping between Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis making the picks. This week they were back to Callis, who has Brooks Lee as the pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth overall spot. Here’s our Draft Prospect Watch article for Lee.
If you’ve been following along, you know that Lee has been linked with the Pirates for months, and for a long stretch he was the only name that was popping up for them in mock drafts. That string was recently broken with the pick of Termarr Johnson, but Callis has Johnson going first overall in his draft now, which I believe is the first time his name has been mentioned first. That pick is followed by Druw Jones and Jackson Holliday, two sons of All-Star big league players.
Callis mentions that the Pirates have been connected to a college bat and he goes with Lee over Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada because the Pirates took a catcher (Henry Davis) with their first overall pick last year. Callis also mentions Cam Collier, who has popped up for the Pirates recently.
The draft is just over three weeks away, so expect the mock drafts to pick up a bit soon.