Pittsburgh Pirates: Other Top College Names in 2021 Draft

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Overall these are likely the top college players that Ben Cherington will likely have his eyes on.  There are a few other college bats that could be in play such as Matt McLain of UCLA or Alex Binelas of Louisville, but after taking an infielder with their top pick in 2020 another would seem unlikely.

The same would go for Florida State outfielder Robby Martin, who has a plus bat but is already projected as a right-fielder.  This is something that Cherington normally stays away from, as he likes to take athletes up the middle.  If they were going to go outfielder, the younger and more athletic Fabian would make more sense.

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I only looked at the college players because that is most likely what Ben Cherington would like to do with a top three pick next year.  College players are a lot easier to scout, find information on, and are just easier to project and therefore are safer picks when drafting that high. Just look at this past year’s draft, five college players to one prep player.  Combine that with the number of plus college players in the draft and it would be shocking for the Front Office to go toward a prep player.