Left Field - Braylon Bishop
The Pirates' 2021 draft could end up being one of the most important drafts in this franchise's history. One of the many over slot players the team took was Braylon Bishop, who was considered a top-100 draft prospect. However, because of his commitment to Arkansas, the talented outfielder fell to the 14th round, where the Pirates snagged him.
Bishop has the potential to be a plus power-hitting center fielder. He has high-end bat speed and generates good power with it when he makes contact. He's also a 60-grade runner. There's a real possibility of a 20/30 hitter within Bishop. But he does have some strikeout issues. Last year at the FCL, Bishop drew 22 walks but also struck out 36 times in 134 plate appearances.
Bishop projects as a plus defender as well. He's split his time between left and center field but has a strong enough arm to play right field as well. He makes good routes and gets good jumps. Plus, given his speed, he can cover a fair amount of ground. Center field is where you'd get the best value out of Bishop.
He's a bit of a risk, given he can be prone to the strikeout, but if he can figure that out, he'll be a fun outfield prospect to watch. Next year will be his age-20 season. Despite being considered a top 100 draft prospect by MLB Pipeline, he is unranked by both Pipeline and FanGraphs. If he cuts down on the K's slightly at Bradenton, he'll make major improvements to his overall game.