Pittsburgh Pirates: Two 2021 Draft Picks Who Could Move Quickly

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BRADENTON, FLORIDA – MARCH 22: A detail of the 2021 MLB Grapefruit league logo during a spring training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles on March 22, 2021 at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Utility Man Mike Jarvis

Mike Jarvis was picked right after Glenn. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Jarvis with their sixth-round pick and he looks like a pretty solid pick. Like Glenn, Jarvis put up great numbers in college. Coming out of San Diego State University, Jarvis batted .325/.398/.495 with 12 long balls and 29 doubles in 503 plate appearances. Jarvis does have some power, indicated by his solid .170 isolated slugging percentage. But he also has some pretty decent baserunning ability. Jarvis stole 29 bases in 36 attempts. He didn’t walk all that much with just a 6.8% rate, but he only struck out 12.5% of the time. All told, Jarvis had a .391 wOBA.

This past season was a great finale for Jarvis’ college career. In 236 plate appearances, the right-handed batter hit .367/.417/.544. He only had 5 long balls, but 17 doubles. He was also 16/20 in stolen base attempts. Jarvis displayed his strong ability to avoid the K with a sub-10% K-rate (8.5%). However, he walked at an amateur career-low rate of just 5.1%. He still had a wOBA above .400 at .418.

The Pittsburgh Pirates can put Jarvis wherever they need him to play. Jarvis mainly played shortstop in 2021. However, he split his time in right field and second base at San Diego in 2019. In the Northwoods League, he played left field. Then when he returned to college ball in 2020, he split his time again, this time at center field and second base. The only three positions he hasn’t appeared at in at least one game are first base, catcher, and pitcher. Though he could probably man first base if need be, as well as third base.

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The 23-year-old, who will turn 24 next May, is more of a hit-over-power kind of player. Though, he isn’t completely lacking in power. The only season he had an ISO below .170 was in 2020, but that was in just 76 plate appearances as the college season was cut short, and he still had a respectable .150 mark. Given that he can play just about anywhere the Pirates would need him to, they could use him as a hold-over at second base or shortstop until both Nick Gonzales and Liover Peguero are ready. If he overperforms, well then the Pirates may have found a good player who can hit and play wherever they need him to.