One draft prospect at each position that should be on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ radar

Going position by position, who are some players that should be on the Pittsburgh Pirates' draft radar from this year's class?
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Seaver King

One of the best players in this year’s draft is also an extremely versatile player. Wake Forrest’s Seaver King has played all over the field, and there’s definitely potential for him to develop a plus bat with some power along with above-average fielding at four different positions. He is arguably the best shortstop prospect in this year’s draft.

After two highly successful seasons with Wingate University, King transferred to Wake Forrest for his junior season, where he has hit .314/.374/.601 with a 7.6% walk rate and an impressive 11.7% strikeout rate. King has also provided some pop. He has 11 home runs, which matches his 2023 total, but in 72 fewer plate appearances. His .287 ISO falls just a hair above his career average of .280.

King has the potential for a plus-hit tool. He makes a lot of contact, even outside the strike zone. But, like with other prospects we have discussed today, that can be both a strength and a weakness that could get exploited in pro ball. However, one major positive thing is his raw power. He has both great bat speed and added some muscle behind it this season. How well the raw power will play could also be determined if he can lift the ball more frequently. His bat path can get a little flat at times.

Where King ends up long-term on the field is up for debate. He has played many games at shortstop, second base, third base, and center field. He projects as an average to above-average defender wherever he plays and has a strong enough arm to play both on the left side of the infield and the outfield grass. He’s an athletic player who could handle whichever position he ends up at.

King is definitely an interesting prospect. He has the tools and potential, as well as swiss army knife-level versatility. Adjustments will likely have to be made to his game, but if he is receptive and adaptable, there’s a potential plus hitter with plus power, and an above average glove all over the field.