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2015 MLB Mock Draft: Pirates connected to Kolby Allard, Donny Everett

J. Meric/Getty Images's Jim Callis is the latest draft analyst to write that the Pirates appear very interested in high school pitching. (I noted earlier today that Baseball America's John Manuel and ESPN's Keith Law made similar assessments in their latest mock drafts.) Like Manuel, Callis projects the Pirates will take California high school lefty Kolby Allard with their first pick. Allard has a back injury, but Callis notes that of the many injured top pitchers in this year's draft, Allard is the least risky.

With the No. 32 pick, Callis suggests a new name -- that of Tennessee high school righty Donny Everett. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Everett isn't the Pirates' typical lanky 6-foot-5 pitching draftee, but writes elsewhere that he has a terrific fastball that already sits at 93 MPH. He reportedly doesn't have an effortless delivery and doesn't yet have great secondary stuff, although he might end up with a good slider. Like Triston McKenzie, to whom the Pirates were connected in another mock draft earlier today, Everett has a commitment to Vanderbilt.

EDIT from David: Jim Callis will be a guest on my show on 970 ESPN in Pittsburgh at 4:30 EST today. We will replay the interview at 6:40.