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MLB Draft 2015: Pirates take Pittsburgh native in new mock

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Baseball America's new mock suggests the Pirates could take Cincinnati outfielder / second baseman Ian Happ with the No. 19 pick and Texas high school righty Beau Burrows at No. 32.

As usual, we shouldn't take these too literally right now, given how late the Pirates are picking and how tough this draft is to project. Like I mentioned yesterday, though, there are a bunch of outfielders who could be strong possibilities when the Bucs pick at No. 19. Happ fits the bill, although there appears to be at least some possibility he could stick at second. BA mentions he could become Neil Walker's successor, which is interesting, since Happ, like Walker, has Pittsburgh roots -- he grew up in Pittsburgh and went to Mt. Lebanon. (The Pirates shouldn't, and almost certainly won't, factor Happ's place of origin into their pick, but it would still be cool to have another top player with Pittsburgh roots.) Also, notes that Happ is a switch-hitter who's better from the left side, which sounds a lot like Walker too. He profiles well offensively, having hit well both at Cincinnati and in the Cape Cod League. ranks Burrows the No. 39 prospect in the draft. He's "only" 6-foot-1, which is pretty small for the Pirates' taste, but he already throws in the mid-90s with a good curveball, and he keeps the ball down. He's a Texas A&M commit.