With the MLB Draft just 10 days away, MLB Pipeline’s latest mock draft once again projects the Pittsburgh Pirates to select a prep shortstop
We are now just 10 days away from the 2021 MLB Draft. As you all know the Pittsburgh Pirates will have the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft. With the draft just 10 days away, mock drafts are out in full force.
Wednesday evening, Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline released his latest mock draft. As most mock drafts have in recent weeks, Mayo’s latest mock draft projects the Pittsburgh Pirates to select a hitter with the number one overall pick.
Mayo projects the Pittsburgh Pirates to select California shortstop Marcelo Mayer with the number one overall pick in the draft. The Chula Vista, California, native is committed to USC. That said, he is expected to sign with whichever team drafts him.
Currently, MLB Pipeline ranks Mayer as their top prospect in the 2021 draft. Mayer is also ranked as the top draft prospect according to FanGraphs, too. Assuming the Pirates do indeed draft Mayer with the top overall pick in the draft, it appears that they will be getting the top talent in the 2021 MLB Draft.
During the spring and summer showcase circuit Mayer, along with fellow prep shortstop Jordan Lawlar, separated themselves from the pack for this year’s draft. Now it appears that Mayer has separated himself from Lawlar and that he is emerging as the likely pick for the Pirates.
Mayo is among those who are signing Mayer’s praise. Joining 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday afternoon, the flagship station fo the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mayo stated the following, “Marcelo Mayer is the best player in this draft class.” That, obviously, is high praise for Mayer, especially coming from one of the best in the industry in scouting the draft and minor league farm systems.
With the MLB Draft just 10 days away signs continuing to point toward the Pirates drafting Mayer. While many fans may be upset over the Pirates taking Mayer over a college pitcher, as Noah recently pointed out, drafting a prep shortstop with the top overall pick in the draft is nothing to worry about. Instead, it is a likely sign of future success.