Two new mock drafts have been released, one by MLB Pipeline and one by Baseball America. After months of hearing Brooks Lee for the Pittsburgh Pirates with the fourth overall pick, both sources have the Pirates selecting JUCO third baseman Cam Collier.
Collier has been loosely connected to the Pirates since mid-May, which led to him being featured in our Draft Prospect Watch series (link above). However, since that first connection, he finished off his college season strong, then did well in summer ball in the Cape Cod League. He’s still just 17 years old, as he graduated early to get to junior college sooner. That move looks like it will pay off, as he got to show his skills against better competition.
Pipeline mentions that Brooks Lee and Termarr Johnson could be in play for the Pirates. Like Collier, both names have been connected to the Pirates since mock draft season started.
BA notes that the Pirates have been following him closely, but they also throw another name in there that has had passing mention for the Pirates previously, local shortstop Cole Young. He’s rated a little lower than Collier, but it might be seen as another chance to spend extra elsewhere and stock up on talent like they did in the 2021 draft.