Double-A: INF/OF Mike Jarvis
The Pirates drafted Mike Jarvis with their sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft. Jarvis was an under-slot pick after the Pirates had selected over-slot picks in Anthony Solometo, Bubba Chandler, and Lonnie White Jr. with three of their previous four picks. Although he was an under-slot pick, the speedy infielder/outfielder brings a solid bat to the organization.
Jarvis had hit .324/.398/.496 with a .391 wOBA in 503 plate appearances in college. Jarvis swiped 29 bags with a dozen home runs, as well as a .170 ISO. Jarvis only had a 6.8% walk rate but a robust 12.5% strikeout rate. Once he reached pro-ball, Jarvis played in 18 games with 67 plate appearances between the Florida Coast League and High-A Greensboro. He had collected 19 hits with three doubles, triples, and two long balls.
Jarvis is a versatile player. Throughout college, Jarvis had played every infield position aside from first base. During his final year at San Diego State University, he mainly played shortstop and center field, and Jarvis also has experience at both corner outfield spots. Once drafted by the Pirates, Jarvis continued to handle shortstop and centerfield regularly.
Jarvis was an older pick as this will be his age-24 campaign. After showing some solid stuff at Greensboro, it would be reasonable to start him at Double-A Altoona. While he might have difficulty finding consistent playing time at second base, third base, or shortstop with Nick Gonzales, Liover Peguero, and Jared Triolo coming up alongside Jarvis, the versatile prospect could find himself in an outfield spot alongside Connor Scott and Lolo Sanchez.
If the Pittsburgh Pirates decide to get Triolo familiar with first base, we could see Jarvis over at the hot corner. Currently, Aaron Shackelford is the projected first baseman. Jarvis shouldn’t have any problems finding regular playing time at Altoona because of his versatility.