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National Outlets React to the Pirates Drafting Termarr Johnson



Pirates Termarr Johnson

When the Pirates drafted Termarr Johnson at number four overall, Pirates’ Twitter exploded with several emotions. Some Pirates fans were enthralled, others were even-keeled, and some even made lofty expectations for an 18-year-old kid who has yet to see a professional at-bat. Either way, the consensus feeling is Johnson has a great hit tool and doesn’t lack confidence himself.

R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports tweeted out a great example of how good Johnson’s hit tool and Baseball IQ can be once he is inserted into the Pirates’ system.

An 80 grade is Mike Trout territory. A scout even compared Johnson to Wade Boggs’ plate discipline and Vlad Guerrero Sr.’s ball skills. While there needs to be some pumping of the breaks on comparisons, there is something to be said about an 18-year-old high school kid getting those lofty comparisons.

In terms of the confidence aspect, several national outlets spoke to Johnson and were blown away by the confidence. Johnson was even quoted as saying, “The Pirates are getting the best player in the draft.”

The Pirates now have a crop of middle infielders with Nick Gonzales, Liover Peguero, Oneil Cruz, among others. Although Johnson has been comped to move to second base, he said he sees himself as a shortstop, and he plans on winning rings when it becomes his time.

Pirates fans, how are you feeling about Pittsburgh’s 2022 first-round pick? Let us know in the comments! Do you feel the same way some of these tweets feel?

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