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Baseball America’s Latest Mock Draft Has the Pittsburgh Pirates Drafting Kyle Schwarber

May 23rd, 2014 at 1:46 PM
By Allan Smith

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Baseball America released its latest mock draft Friday morning, and penciled in Indiana catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber as the Pittsburgh Pirates first-round pick.

However, John Manuel was unable to provide much analysis for why the Pirates would select the power hitter with the 24th pick.

This far down, this far out, we’re at the educated guess stage, as opposed to the informed-by-rumors stage. So it’s a matter of tendencies and what’s left on the board.

Nevertheless, Schwarber is an interesting prospect for the Pirates, as his left-handed power stroke would translate very well to the short right field porch at PNC Park. Schwarber, a Middletown, Ohio native, is listed at 6'0" and 240 lbs. Clearly, a move to first base is in order, although he does have a strong arm, something that could allow him to see time in the outfield as a professional.

After the 2013 season, his sophomore year, Schwarber was selected as the best catcher in the country by Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, earning First Team All-America honors from both entities. He finished the 2013 season with 18 home runs, the third best total in the nation and the most of any Big Ten player. Schwarber ranked in the top 20 in the nation with 65 runs, 152 total bases and a .647 slugging percentage, in addition to a .456 OBP and 42 walks. His .366 average, 54 RBI and 86 hits each ranked third in the Big Ten, and the 18 home runs were the sixth highest total in Indiana University history. In addition, he was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.

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