The Pittsburgh Pirates always seem to be in a rebuild, don’t they? As a “small market” club they are always leaning on their farm system for the next key piece. Luckily for them they already had a pair of intriguing pieces as the centerpieces of the organization. Adding a third, potentially high impact, prospect just makes the outlook that much brighter. Let’s take a look at if they accomplished that in the 2020 Draft:
- Mitch Keller (RHP, Grade – A-)
- Oneil Cruz (SS, Grade – B+)
- Nick Gonzales (SS, Grade – B+)
- Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B, Grade – B)
- Travis Swaggerty (OF, Grade – B)
- Quinn Priester (RHP, Grade – B-)
- Liover Peguero (SS, Grade – C+)
- Sammy Siani (OF, Grade – C+)
- Brennan Malone (RHP, Grade – C+)
- Carmen Mlodzinski (RHP, Grade – C+)
Why Gonzales At #3?
You have to like hearing comparisons to Keston Hiura and Dustin Pedroia, as well as scouting reports that start with this (courtesy of Baseball America):
Gonzales is the prototypical baseball rat but with more of an innate ability to hit for both average and power than most gritty gamer types.
You could certainly make the argument that Gonzales belongs above Cruz on these rankings, though we fully believe in the power and upside of Cruz. That said the addition of Gonzales adds a third highly intriguing name to the mix, giving the Pirates a bright future. The 2019 Cape Cod League MVP will likely man 2B for Pittsburgh when he ultimately arrives in the Majors.
Why Mlodzinski At #10?
Mlodzinski has clear upside as a future solid starter, with the potential to be a groundball machine armed with three above average pitches. However, there are obvious questions that need to be answered:
- Can he stay healthy? He battled injuries in both 2017 in high school and 2019 as a sophomore (he broke his foot in college).
- Can he consistently throw strikes? While he was avoiding walks this year, prior to the shutdown, reports are that wasn’t the case over his first two college seasons (though according to MLB.com he “smoothed out his three-quarters delivery since high school”.
- Will he be able to miss enough bats?
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Sources – MLB.com, Baseball America
Make sure to check out all of our 2020 prospect rankings: