Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Potential Second Round Picks

Florida State Seminoles outfielder Robby Martin takes off to first after bunting the ball. The Florida State Seminoles beat the Florida Atlantic Owls 5-1, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.Fsu V Fau639
Florida State Seminoles outfielder Robby Martin takes off to first after bunting the ball. The Florida State Seminoles beat the Florida Atlantic Owls 5-1, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.Fsu V Fau639 /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 4
Next
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 20: A New Era pillbox Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hat is seen in the dugout during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on July 20, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 20: A New Era pillbox Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hat is seen in the dugout during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on July 20, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Jonathan Cannon

Another pitcher the Bucs may be able to select in the second round is University of Georgia right-hander Jonathan Cannon. Cannon has tossed 38 innings in college posting a strong 2.37 ERA, 2.42 FIP and 0.86 WHIP.

Cannon has been great at keeping batters off base because of walks. He’s only walked 5 batters for a 3.4% walk rate. But this hasn’t affected his ability to strikeout batters either. He’s gotten 27.7% of all batters faced down on strike-three. He’s also had a pretty solid 0.71 HR/9 rate

So far in 2021, Cannon has a 9.67 K/BB ratio to go with his 3.38 ERA, 3.01 FIP and 1.01 WHIP. The only home runs he’s given up in his amateur career so far have all came from this season. All six of the right-hander’s appearances this year have been starts, but he tossed 11.1 scoreless innings in 2020 as a reliever.

Next. Pirates Take Series in Milwaukee. dark

Cannon has a four pitch mix. His fastball comes in around 92-95 MPH, but has touched the upper-90s. He’s topped out at 97 MPH. He has both a slider and curveball to pair with his four seamer. His fourth offering is a changeup. The impressive part is that in their current state, none of his four pitches are considered below average offerings in the future.

facebooktwitterreddit