Pittsburgh Pirates: Way Too Early 2022 Five Round Mock Draft
By Kody Duncan
5th Pick: Outfielder Tres Gonzalez, Georgia Tech
For their 5th pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates select outfielder, Tres Gonzalez from Georgia Tech. Gonzalez stands at 6’0” and weighs 180 pounds. He bats and throws left-handed. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 37th round of the 2019 MLB draft but decided to play college baseball at Georgia Tech instead and improve his draft stock.
Gonzalez committed to Georgia Tech and has been impressive at the plate. In two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Gonzalez has batted .287 and had an OPS of .842. What stands out the most with his game is his plate discipline.
His OBP in two seasons was .424 and walked 46 times in only 69 games. He only has 3 home runs in college so far and that is why is draft stock is lower than what it should be. If he can gain some strength over the offseason, he could go up the draft boards.
This summer, Gonzalez had played in the Cape Cod League where he appeared in 32 games. He slashed an impressive .331/.418/.380 but did not hit any homeruns. He continued his great plate discipline with 17 walks. This is the type of player Ben Cherington and company look to draft in the later rounds and I think he could fit in well with this organization.