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Pirates Select RHP/3B Jack Brannigan with Their Third Round Pick

With their third round pick (83rd overall) in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Jack Brannigan, a RHP/3B from Notre Dame.

Brannigan was announced as a two-way player. He played third base regularly and pitched occasionally in college this year. Baseball America has him rated as the 168th best pick, while MLB Pipeline has him 164th. He’s 21 years old and stands 6’1″, 190 pounds. BA rates him with a 30 hit tool, so that’s a tough profile to make it to the majors. Everything else is above average as a hitter, with 70 running and 70 arm, so he has tools, but he’s missing the key one to get to the majors. On the pitching side, he gets 60 grades for both of his pitches (fastball/slider), but his control is below average.  It sounds like the Pirates might try him both ways at first, but it’s clear that he needs to polish both sides of his game, so he’s not going to be a quick mover.

His fastball has hit 100 MPH and his slider is a wipeout pitch, but he has just 23 innings of experience. Pipeline believes he has the athleticism and projection to be a starter, but his changeup is almost non-existent, and his control is inconsistent. That inning total over three years makes him a fresh arm, but also raw, and Pipeline says that he wants to work as a position player in pro ball. They note that he makes a decent amount of contact and there’s potential for average power, but he doesn’t drive the ball well, and didn’t do particularly well in a summer wood bat league. His defense and speed will help his overall value.

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Phew, the Pirates are great at developing changeups and control and hit tools. I see now way this doesn’t work out


Sign him for under slot and develop him as a power reliever


A 30 for hitting should fit in quite nicely…


I’m liking the emphasis on pitching so far. Hope a couple of these guys work out.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Trying to fill it up with LHP!

Wilbur Miller

Well, we’re kinda short on those. It’ll be interesting just having a few in the system to follow.

b mcferren

we’ve been short on left handed pitchers for like 5 years

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I think at least these last 2 years, Ben has kicked the old adage “You don’t draft for need” to the curb.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Well, there goes Porter.


Yup. 1 pick before us.


Didn’t matter, Rangers were the only team with the money to sign him, that’s why he fell to the 4th. It was the rangers first pick after Kumar


Primarily a 3b with a 30 hit tool and cannon arm…..Shelton must be dreaming of playing him in RF and batting him 4th.:)


A lot of college guys went in round 3.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

So he’s a combo of JC Flowers and Luke Brown.

Wilbur Miller



If his nickname isn’t Zapp, something is wrong.

And I can’t figure out how to post a picture.

Last edited 4 months ago by patrick_kelly
Tim Williams

That’s been disabled during the draft to preserve site resources.

Wilbur Miller

You’re taking away our freedumbs!!


Well then everyone imagine a picture of Zapp Brannigan from Futurama.


Hope he ends up on the mound, sounds more intriguing there though definitely a project given his limited pitching experience.


seems like an interesting talent. pirates going all in on the two way players!


As long has they only have to pay them one way their all in😏

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