MLB Pipeline has been posting new mock drafts all spring/summer leading up to today’s draft. Their mocks have switched each week between Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis making the picks. In their final mock draft today, both Mayo and Callis submitted first round picks. The Pittsburgh Pirates pick fourth overall shortly after the draft begins at 7 PM tonight. Then later tonight they will make the 36th and 44th overall picks. We will have coverage of all 21 picks they make over the next three days here, along with thoughts on the draft and then we will be tracking those picks as they sign.
Both Mayo and Callis have the Baltimore Orioles selecting Druw Jones with the first overall pick. The are also on agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks selecting Jackson Holliday with the second pick. They differ with the Texas Rangers and the third pick just ahead of the Pirates. Mayo has Kevin Parada and Callis has Elijah Green. With the Pirates pick, both were back in agreement, predicting that the Pirates will take Georgia prep second baseman Termarr Johnson.
Johnson has been mentioned numerous times with the Pirates throughout the year, either ranking fourth overall, or going to them in a mock draft. Callis notes that he believes the Pirates are locked in on Johnson, while Mayo notes that it is possible that Zach Neto takes a deal to sign in the top ten picks. That’s something we touched on yesterday.
Here’s our look at the top draft prospects available covering all of the names mentioned above.
Here’s our draft primer, with information on the three-day event.
Here’s our roundtable discussion of who we think the Pirates should pick.
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