Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: High School Pick vs College Pick

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PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 18: Catcher Henry Davis (R), who was selected first overall in the 2021 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, poses with General Manager Ben Cherington after signing a contract with the Pirates during a press conference at PNC Park on July 18, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

The Pittsburgh Pirates are heading into the 2022 draft with the fourth overall selection, but should they use that pick on a college or high school player?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have the fourth overall selection in the 2022 MLB draft. They have a selection among the first ten picks for the third draft in a row. In the last two years, they’ve gone with a college bat with their first-round selection. In 2020, they picked infielder Nick Gonzales, and last year, they picked Henry Davis.

In both instances, they’ve gone with a high school pitcher in their second round with Jared Jones In 2020 and Anthony Solometo in 2021. But in this year’s draft, the Pirates could select a high schooler with the fourth overall pick. But that’s not to say that there aren’t any good college players to consider.

It might end up being a tough choice between a high school player or college player at number four. So what are their options, and the pros and cons of going with one of the high school or college options potentially available to them when they’re on the clock?