Pittsburgh Pirates: Two 2021 Draft Picks Who Could Move Quickly

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Jun 30, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; A general view of a Pittsburgh Pirates glove and hat in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Infielder Jackson Glenn

The Pittsburgh Pirates used their 5th round pick on infielder Jackson Glenn. Glenn, a product of Dallas Baptist University, put on a show during his time in college, especially in his final season. The 23-year-old, who will turn 24 in October, batted .317/.400/.567 with 30 home runs, 40 doubles, and even showed some speed with 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts. Glenn showed strong plate discipline, walking 12% of the time while going down on strikes just 13.3% of all his plate appearances. Overall, Glenn put up a .415 wOBA.

This past season, Glenn put up a .366/.438/.732 batting line. He ended up smacking 21 home runs while driving the gap for 21 doubles. Glenn was perfect in stolen base attempts, going 13/13. His great plate patience was on display this year as well as he drew 32 walks (11.8%) while striking out 33 times (12.1%). Glenn’s final season in college saw him put up an outstanding wOBA that was approaching .500 at .491.

Glenn mainly played third base in 2019 and 2020, but he played primarily second base in 2021. He’s played at least one game at every infield position throughout his time at college. That gives him some defensive versatility that the Pirates can definitely take advantage of.

The right-handed batter stands at 5’11, 205 pounds. He has some surprising power for a smaller frame than what you’d expect for a guy who had a .250 isolated slugging percentage throughout college and a .366 mark in his final college season. Given that Glenn will be the age most major league players are already at the game’s highest level at the end of this season, he should be one of, if not the first 2021 draft pick we see in the Major Leagues.

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