PIRATES GO SHORTSTOP IN ROUND 1
With the 24th pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player draft, the Pirates selected shortstop Cole Tucker, Mountain Pointe High school in Arizona.
Tucker hit .404 with 5 home runs, 30 RBI, 8 doubles, 4 triples and 13 stolen bases this past season.
The draft speculation going into today is that the Pirates had their sights set on a few targeted shortstops with the 24th pick but the Pirates are immediately regarded as going a bit off the board with Tucker.
Tucker was Baseball America’s 84th ranked prospect. MLB Draft Expert Chris Crawford, called the selection of Tucker the “most puzzling pick of the 2014 draft” so far.
Tucker is a switch hitting shortstop, doesn’t project to hit for much power, but should stay at short.