Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: Making a Case for Each of the Top 3 Prospects

Breaking down each of the main candidates to go no. 1 overall in next month's draft

Jun 22, 2023; Omaha, NE, USA;  LSU Tigers starting pitcher Paul Skenes (20) throws against the Wake
Jun 22, 2023; Omaha, NE, USA; LSU Tigers starting pitcher Paul Skenes (20) throws against the Wake / Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
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Dylan Crews, OF, LSU - 6'0, 205 lbs., 21 y/o
.426 BA / .567 OBP / .713 SLG
258 AB, 18 HR, 70 RBI, 6 stolen bases, 71 walks

Why the Pirates Should Draft Dylan Crews

Simply put, he has the potential to be a generational talent. He reached base in all 71 of LSU's games this season, showing incredible plate discipline to match his stellar hitting prowess and elite speed. In the outfield, he routinely makes even the hardest plays look like a walk in the park.

He's coming off a Golden Spikes Award (given to the nation's top amateur baseball player) and a win at the 2023 College World Series. Pair this with two SEC Player of the Year Awards and a couple of All-America selections, and you've got yourself one of the most decorated college baseball players of all time.

Why the Pirates Should NOT Draft Dylan Crews

There aren't many reasons why it would make sense not to draft Crews at the number 1 spot, but recent speculation that he doesn't want to play for Pittsburgh may be enough for the Pirate front office to think twice about spending their money and time on a player who doesn't want to be there. Of course, these reports could be smoke and mirrors to raise his price, throw off other teams, or they could just be categorically false altogether, but they do cause some concern for the decision-makers in Pittsburgh.