Round Five - Ethan O'Donnell
You can't do a mock Pirates draft and exclude a Cape Cod League player, nor can you do one without including another outfielder. Ethan O'Donnell batted over .300 while striking out just seven times across 58 plate appearances in the Cape. Although he didn't hit for much power, he brought the muscle to University of Virginia's line-up this season.
After transferring from Northwestern University, O'Donnell has turned in a .359/.452/.600 triple-slash in the ACC. Hitting for power and swiping bases has been no issue for O'Donnell, who has 13 long balls and 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He also has a solid 11.8% walk rate, as well as a K% well under 20% at 17.4%.
O'Donnell is a well-rounded athlete, but his speed and defense are considered his best tools. But that doesn't mean he projects as an all-glove-no-bat outfielder. According to Baseball America, he has a "great feel to hit and advanced barrel sense." He can drive the gaps but has pull-side power as well. If he reaches his potential, he's a .250-.260 batter who smacks 12-15 home runs and hustles out 20+ doubles.
O'Donnell projects as a well-rounded 3rd/4th outfielder with no major strengths or weaknesses. He has good enough skills to play center field but could end up in a corner as well. At 6'1", 190-LBS, he has a large enough frame to muscle the ball out on his pull side. Most draft rankings put him around the 150 range, which would be the mid-fifth round. Of course, draft rankings aren't directly reflections of what teams will likely be selecting. However, O'Donnell would provide the Pirates' system with a solid outfield prospect, one who could eventually take over a regular or semi-regular role.