The Pittsburgh Pirates are putting the final touches on their 2020 Draft class. They have agreed to terms with another pick.
When the Pittsburgh Pirates took one of the best bats in the draft in Nick Gonzales at number seven overall, it made sense for the team to look for an arm at number 31. That is exactly what Ben Cherington did.. Though, nobody thought he would take nothing else but pitchers after the seventh pick.
Anyhow, he was able to grab an upside college arm that many had hoped would get to go along with a college bat. The team selected Carmen Mlodzinksi, a right-handed starter from the University of South Carolina.
He was one of the best pitchers in the Cape Cod League last season, which was something Cherington prioritized. Furthermore, he owns a prototypical starter build standing at 6’3” and weighing around 230 pounds, and a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and has reached 98. Here is more from MLB Pipeline on Mlodzinksi:
"He flashed a plus curveball in high school but has scrapped that for a low-80s slider with power and depth that sometimes morphs into a cutter. He also shows feel for a sinking changeup and could have three plus pitches once he’s fully developed."
The good news is that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Carmen Mldozinksi have agreed to terms:
According to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline, Mlodzinski agreed to a deal slightly under his slot value. The 31st pick carried a value of $2,312,000, but they settled on a deal for $2,050,000, saving the team about $250K against the overall draft allotment. These savings will be used toward second round pick Jared Jones, who has also signed.
Mlodzinksi immediately enters the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system as one of the top starting pitching prospects in the system. He will join former first-round picks Quinn Priester and Brennan Malone, along with rising prospect Tahnaj Thomas to create a real stockpile of arms. Hopefully, he is added to the 60 man roster and is able to start his development immediately this summer.