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MLB Pipeline Mocks Big Prep Shortstop to Pirates



Ben Cherington, Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Pipeline released its latest 2024 MLB mock draft and has the Pittsburgh Pirates dipping into the high school ranks to grab a shortstop.

Pipeline projects the Pirates to select Bryce Rainer out of Harvard-Westlake in California. He’s considered the 10th-best prospect available in this year’s draft.

Rainer, who turns 19 in July, stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 195 pounds. He’s committed to play collegiately at the University of Texas.

Jonathan Mayo, who is responsible for Pipeline’s latest mock draft, mentioned a four-time All-Star and two-time World Series MVP when explaining the pick,

“He’s a big, left-handed-hitting shortstop, so of course he gives off Corey Seager vibes.”

Rainer presents an intriguing option for several reasons, most notably his plus-power and plus-arm. He also possesses above-average hit and run tools and projects to be at least an adequate defender if he sticks at shortstop as a professional.

In addition to standing out on the position-player side of things, Rainer has impressed during his time on the mound, though shortstop is the expected route as he moves to the next level.

Harvard-Westlake has turned into a factory for producing MLB players of late. Active players who graduated from the high school are \ outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong (Cubs) and pitchers Jack Flaherty (Tigers), Max Fried (Braves) and Lucas Giolito (Red Sox).

Ben Cherington has once taken a prep player in the first round as Pirates’ general manager when Termarr Johnson was selected fourth in 2022. Cherington’s other three first-round draft picks have all come from college — Nick Gonzales (2020), Henry Davis (2021) and Paul Skenes (2023).

The full mock draft can be found HERE.

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