Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: Jack Leiter vs Jordan Lawlar

Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Brown and catcher CJ Rodriguez, left, congratulate freshman pitcher Jack Leiter (22) after he strike out all three South Alabama batters during the first inning at Hawkins Field Feb. 18, 2020.Nas Vandy Baseball Home Opener 019
Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Brown and catcher CJ Rodriguez, left, congratulate freshman pitcher Jack Leiter (22) after he strike out all three South Alabama batters during the first inning at Hawkins Field Feb. 18, 2020.Nas Vandy Baseball Home Opener 019 /
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May 1, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington talks on the field before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a tough choice to make in this upcoming draft. Jack Leiter or Jordan Lawlar? Which prospect should they take with the number one overall pick?

Last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates finished 19-41 in the shortened 60-game 2020 season. This left them as the worst team in baseball but earned them the number one overall pick in the draft. In some drafts, there is generally one player who stands out as the best prospect available to be picked.

However, the 2021 draft will not be like that. For a long time Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker looked like the consensus top pick. But his stock has fallen while Vandy teammate and co-ace Jack Leiter’s stock skyrocketed. That said, infielder and top high school prospect Jordan Lawler’s stock has been on a huge rise as of recently.

So this leaves a very tough question, one that may not have a specific right answer. Who do the Pittsburgh Pirates select with the top pick in the draft? Leiter or Lawlar?

The draft is still a few months away. Who knows, by then, we may be looking at two other prospects. However, let’s take a look at what is considered right now, the two best prospects, what they do well, what their weaknesses are, and come to a prediction as to who the Pittsburgh Pirates will select.

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