Who Will Pittsburgh Pirates Draft On Thursday?

By Zach Morrison
Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

With the 2013 MLB Draft beginning tonight at 7:00 pm Eastern Time, I decided I would go through some MLB Draft experts’ opinions on who the Pittsburgh Pirates will take, and give my opinions on them. The Pirates have two picks in the top-15 (no. 9, no. 14) because of last year’s pick, Mark Appel, not signing.

First, we will begin with Baseball America’s Jim Callis. With the ninth pick, Callis has the Pirates taking high school catcher Reese McGuire. With the 14th pick, he has the Pirates taking 1B/3B D.J. Peterson.

Keith Law from ESPN also has the Bucs taking McGuire with their first pick. However, unlike Callis, Law has the Pirates reaching a bit for a high school first baseman named Dominic Smith from California. Smith apparently has very high upside, but will be farther away from reaching the majors.

Lastly, Jonathan Mayo on MLB.com continues the trend of the Pirates taking McGuire with the ninth pick. However, unlike the previous two mocks, he has the Pirates using their 14th pick on a college outfielder from Mississippi named Hunter Renfroe. According to Mayo, Renfroe has “tools galore” and performed well in the SEC, one of the best baseball conferences.

I’m no expert on the MLB Draft — in fact, I know very little other than what I read online. I do have an opinion though: I would prefer the Pirates not to take McGuire because he is a high school catcher. Players that are drafted as high school catchers don’t often make it to the majors as a catcher. Who do I want the Pirates to take?

If I had to pick, I wouldn’t mind going with Renfroe with the 14th pick, and I would like to see someone like Trey Ball or Clint Frazier fall to the Pirates’ ninth pick.

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