Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: Three New College Draft Picks to Follow

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Pittsburgh Pirates 5th Round Pick: Jackson Glenn, Third Baseman

The Pittsburgh Pirates first selection from the college ranks was Jackson Glenn.  It was expected for the team to go into the college ranks on day two of the Draft.  However, the team did not right away as they grabbed a couple more prep players with their first four selections of day two. The team finally took a college player in the 5th round in Glenn, a third baseman from Dallas Baptist.

While it is not a power 5 school, Dallas Baptist has a solid reputation for a mid-major program.  They typically send players into the Draft every year.  Glenn is a very intriguing player with a lot of upside, but because he is coming from a smaller school he was not as high up on big boards.  Actually, Glenn ranked #488 on Baseball America’s Top 500 list.

So what is to be excited about then?  Well, Glenn absolutely raked this past season.  He led his team in basically every offensive category slashing .366/.438/.732 and hitting 21 home runs. He also showed off athleticism swiping 13 bags and playing multiple positions in the infield.  Again, Jackson represents an athletic player who has had a lot of success in his career, something Ben Cherington and staff seem to target.  Glenn is closing in on 24 years of age, so it will be interesting to see how much upside he really has, but as of now, he looks to have utility player potential.