Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Potential Fifth Round Draft Picks

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Outfielder Justin Boyd

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a handful of notable outfield prospects. They could add yet another one in the first round if they select either Druw Jones or Elijah Green. But they might have the opportunity to get a highly athletic outfielder in the fifth round with Justin Boyd.

Boyd is coming out of Oregon State. The outfielder opened his college career as a utility man, seeing time in the infield and outfield. However, he secured himself regular playing time as the team’s starting right-fielder this year. He definitely capitalized on this opportunity as in 293 plate appearances, Boyd hit .366/.488/.560. Boyd walked nearly as often as he struck out. He had 52 base on balls and 55 strikeouts. Between his excellent plate discipline and high-contact approach, Boyd had a wOBA over .450.

Boyd’s great ability to make contact and get on base pairs well with his excellent speed. He swiped 24 bases in 29 attempts and grades as a 65-runner per MLB Pipeline. Boyd also has a plus arm, which plays well in a corner outfield spot. Boyd showed great defensive ability in right field, and with his speed, some scouts believe he could play center field regularly.

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The only downside is that Boyd does not have very much home run power. He’s a gap-to-gap hitter, being more of a doubles hitter than a home run hitter. He still had eight home runs and a .194 isolated slugging percentage, so he isn’t weak, per se. He still drives the ball with authority. Although he might not have proto-typical right field power, he’s a guy who will consistently provide a high OBP, 30+ doubles, and good defense.