Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Five 2021 Draft Picks Starting Strong

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Infielder Mike Jarvis

After the Pirates drafted Jackson Glenn, they went out and got themselves another under slot utility prospect. This time they went with Mike Jarvis, a San Diego State University draft pick. Jarvis showed an ability to avoid the strikeout and swipe bases in college, making him a potential swiss army knife for the future.

Jarvis had a .391 wOBA throughout college and an OPS approaching .900. He had 29 stolen bases in 36 attempts to go along with that. Jarvis continued to hit well once he was drafted, with 19 hits through his first 67 PA’s. He also showed some power with eight total extra-base hits (3 doubles/triples, two homers). Impressively, he was 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts.

Jarvis has started out his 2022 campaign with only nine hits in 42 trips to the plate. He does have a solid 3:5 BB:K walk rate but overall has a sub-.750 OPS. At the very least, he’s still showing off his utility with playing time at both middle infield positions and corner outfield spots.

Jarvis saw time at every position in college except for first base, catcher, and pitcher. But that versatility is quite useful, and if he can hit just a little, he could be the Pirates’ next Adam Frazier. After all, the two share a handful of similarities.