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2015 MLB Draft: Pirates take Ashe Russell in BA's latest mock

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Baseball America's newest (and, one assumes, last) mock draft has the Pirates taking Indiana high school righty Ashe Russell with the No. 19 overall pick, then Texas high school third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes at No. 32.

Russell is tall and hard-throwing, and the consensus suggests he'd be a good value at No. 19, although MLB.com notes that his low arm angle might ultimately make him more likely to relieve rather than start. He's committed to Texas A&M. He's from Indianapolis, so if the Pirates did pick him, it would be cool if they introduced him at Victory Field. In any case, most mocks lately have connected the Pirates to high school pitching at No. 19. We'll see tonight if they actually do take someone like Russell or Mike Nikorak.

Hayes is the son of longtime MLB third baseman (and 1996 Pirate) Charlie Hayes. De'Bryan could develop average power, MLB.com notes, presumably a bit like his dad, who generally was good for about 12 homers a season. He should be able to stay at third. He's committed to the University of Tennessee. Like Cole Tucker last year, he's very young -- he was born in 1998 (!).