Once again talking about the #8 pick, I have some new ideas.
First of all, there is an interesting rumor out that the Mariners want to take a pitcher with the #3 pick. This just adds to the fact that it is getting less likely that Max Fried will still be available at #8.
Another thing of note, Deven Marrero's stock has supposedly improved over the last two weeks. I'd still be surprised if he was gone by the time the Pirates are on the board, but that's definitely notable. In Baseball America's most recent mock draft, they have the Pirates taking Marrero at #8. BA says the Pirates are seeking a position player. Despite their recent picks as pitchers, I'm not sure why the Pittsburgh organization wouldn't just draft the best player instead of a position of need. MY Pirates will be drafting the best player available, not just what the team needs.
Also, in BA's mock draft they have Almora going #6th overall to the Cubs. That's insane how quickly he has risen, but if I had the number six pick, I can't say I wouldn't be looking at him. Almora looks like a future superstar.
I'm sort of afraid that the real-life Pirates will draft purely based on how much they think the player will sign for. Pittsburgh's current payroll is at $63 million, a seventeen million jump from last year. Hopefully, the Pirates play smartly and decide not to cut back in spending in the draft.
So what do you guys think? Can Almora fall to the Pirates? What about Kyle Zimmer? Zimmer probably will, but is he worth taking with the #8 pick? He does have a potential 65 grade fastball, but I think the Pirates should be wary of taking a high school pitcher so early. Do you agree? Also, who is this year's George Springer? ( A college outfielder is not only toolsy, but can move quickly through the system)
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