There are not many first round options at 22 among high school middle infielder prospects, as the best Delvin Perez will be off the board and will likely go top 10. Gavin Lux would be most ideal at pick 41, and he could even be a below slot pick. Noonie Williams is fast and has a canon, but his upside is more of an outfielder. Luis Curbelo will likely need to move over to third because of his size and limited range. Bo Bichette is an offensive minded second baseman with an extremely different stance, which has a lot of motion.
With the additions of Cole Tucker, Kevin Newman, and Kevin Kramer in the first two rounds the past two years, a middle infield option, especially a high school middle infield option, looks to be very unlikely this year. On top of those previous selections, none of the players here will be the best player on the board when the club picks at 22, 41, and 68. Look for the club to go a different route than a young middle infielder in the draft.
The next preview will take a look at the high school third baseman the Pirates could look to take in the draft. The team took one last year with Ke’Bryan Hayes at pick number 32 of the first round.