Outfielder Braylon Bishop
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Braylon Bishop in the 14th round of this year’s draft. But make no mistake. Bishop isn’t your typical 14th round selection. Despite being the 403rd overall selection, the high school level talent was arguably a top 100 pick. The Pirates signed him to a $258,700 overslot deal, which he agreed to and making him arguably the biggest steal of the draft.
MLB Pipeline ranked the outfielder as the 94th best prospect available in this year’s draft. Highly athletic, Bishop got outstanding grades for his speed and fielding. His run tool was graded out at a 60 while both his fielding ability and arm were 55-grade tools. His speed and fielding prowess allows him to remain as a center fielder, but his arm is strong enough that he can play a corner if the situation necessitates it.
Bishop has some solid pop from the left side of the batter’s box. He generates 50-grade power with his fantastic bat speed. His hit tool is on the fringy side. According to MLB Pipeline, when he’s faced better pitching, he can get prone to strikeouts and ground balls. MLB Pipeline has it as a 45-grade tool.
Bishop has plenty of time to develop his hit tool. He’s only 18-years-old and won’t turn 19 until late April of next season. He’s still a very raw talent, but if he can refine that talent, you’re looking at potentially one of the Pirates’ higher-end prospects within the next two or three years.