The selection of Mitchell Jebb at #42 demonstrates the Pirates' commitment to acquiring college players early in Drafts. As a shortstop, Jebb has the opportunity to make an impact both offensively and defensively. His left-handed swing, combined with his ability to get on base and provide some power, could make him a valuable asset in the Pirates' lineup in the future. He showed out at the ever-so-important Cape Cod League, which is something this Front Office very much considers. Jebb had a breakout performance in the Cape Cod League. In the wood-bat summer league he hit .356, on-base percentage of .429, and an OPS of .919.
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced him as a shortstop with it being more likely he moves off the position down the road. Still, it is the left-handed potential bat and athleticism to play multiple positions. Again, a college bat that could be quick to the Big League level. On the other hand, the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted a lot of their middle infield depth to the upper levels and MLB level so this definitely fills a need in the lower minors.
With the draft selection complete, all eyes will now be on Mitchell Jebb as he begins his professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The organization will undoubtedly provide him with the necessary resources and development opportunities to maximize his potential. As Jebb progresses through the minor leagues, the Pirates will hope to see his skills continue to grow, potentially paving the way for him to contribute at the major league level in the years to come.
Overall, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made an intriguing selection at pick #42, adding Mitchell Jebb, a talented left-handed-hitting shortstop, to their organization. With his impressive college stats and high ranking by MLB Pipeline, Jebb has the potential to become an exciting player for the Pirates in the future.