Draft day has arrived! Tonight, the new generation of stars will be selected, and the Pirates will have the 18th selection of the first round. This will also kick off a new trend of off day open threads, to keep our minds occupied when the team has a day of rest.
So what better topic for our first off day thread, than the draft?
There are a lot of varying opinions on who the Pirates will take with this selection, the FanGraphs mock draft on Monday morning sees them going with high school RHP Quinn Priester. The MLB Prospect Watch, meanwhile, see RHP George Kirby as the 18th pick. A familiar face for Pirates fans this year is Nick Lodolo, who the team selected as a high school LHP in the 2016 draft, but he opted to go to college instead, and is now considered a top-10 prospect.
For a stretch of time, the Pirates seemed to focus on position players in the draft, but most experts seem to believe they’ll aim for a pitching talent this year, though there are two third base options available in the Pirates selection range: Josh Jung and Brett Baty, for those who enjoy alliterative names. Matt Allen, another RHP, has come up a few times as an option, but given his higher rank on the Pipeline list, it’s unlikely he’ll still be available in the 18th round. For most, money is on Priester. The major outlier here is ESPN’s Keith Law, who thinks the Pirates will go with catcher Shea Langeliers.
But who do you think the Pirates will select?
And for fun, who do you think is the best Pirates first round selection of all time? I know I popped a Cutch photo in there, but I think I need to lean to Bonds on this one. Here’s a handy list if you want a reminder.
Draft Schedule (All times ET)
Monday, June 3 - Day 1
6 p.m. - Draft preview show on MLB Network & MLB.com
7 p.m. - Rounds 1-2 on MLB Network & MLB.com
Tuesday, June 4 - Day 2
1 p.m. - Rounds 3-10 on MLB.com
Wednesday, June 5 - Day 3
12 p.m. - Rounds 11-40 on MLB.com