Pittsburgh Pirates: Examining How 2020 Draft Picks Are Performing
By Noah Wright
Now that the 2021 draft is over, let’s take a look at all of the Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks from the previous draft
The Pittsburgh Pirates just finished off an outstanding 2021 draft. The team selected the best college hitter in the draft in Henry Davis, then were able to get the top left-handed high school pitcher in Anthony Solomento. Let’s also not forget that they were able to get an absolute steal on two-way high school star Bubba Chandler with the 72nd pick, even though his talent made him a guy who could have easily went in the top 20-25 picks.
There are many other steals we could talk about from this year’s draft, but I don’t want to solely focus on that. I want to take a look at Ben Cherington’s first draft as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ general manager. The 2020 draft was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, just like almost everything else that happened in 2020.
The draft was only 5 rounds. This was due to the pandemic going on at the time. Not only was it just 5 rounds, but no games were played that day as official MLB games wouldn’t start until July. Regardless of that, the Pirates made the best of the five rounds and their six picks.
Now that it’s been over a year since this draft and another draft has taken place, let’s take a look at each of the Pirates’ draft picks from this season. See how they are faring at each of their respective levels and where we could see them by the end of the season.
Before we get into our first pick, I want to address Jack Hartman. Hartman was the Pirates’ 4th round pick. Although a talented relief pitching prospect, he’s yet to play a professional game due to having to undergo Tommy John surgery. I wanted to address this here as I will be going from the Pirates’ 3rd round pick to their 5th round pick.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at their 2020 first-round pick.