We are three days away from the start of the 2022 Major League Baseball draft in Los Angeles. MLB Pipeline released their latest mock draft for the Pirates first two selections. The Pirates will have three selections (4th, 36th, 44th) on day one.
Pipeline released a mock draft through the supplemental first round selections so the first two Pirates picks. They have the Pirates taking a pair of high-upside high school players.
With he fourth pick, Pipeline has the Pirates selecting prep infielder Termarr Johnson from the state of Georgia. Johnson, projected to end up as a second baseman, is considered to have the top hit tool in this year’s draft class, rated as a 70 on the 20-80 scale. Johnson possesses the potential for plus power and can be a solid defender as a pro.
Pipeline notes that there is buzz that the Pirates could execute a strategy similar to last year. In the first round, they could go the route of selecting someone they feel will sign for below slot-value to allocate more resources to their later selections. In addition to Johnson, JUCO third baseman Cam Collier could fit that bill, and Cal Poly shortstop Brooks Lee is also in play.
At pick no. 36, Pipeline has the Bucs selecting prep right-hander Jacob Miller from Liberty Union High School in Ohio. The Pirates are relatively thin on pitching prospects, and it just so happens that Miller would be one of the top players available at this spot.
Miller’s best pitch is his plus-curveball and he also features an above-average fastball and slider. He also offers a changeup that shows promise.