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Pirates Reach for Infielder in ESPN's Final Mock Draft

Larry Rupp
The Pittsburgh Pirates are projected to reach for an infielder in ESPN's final 2022 MLB mock draft.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are projected to reach for an infielder in ESPN's final 2022 MLB mock draft. / AP Photos/Steve Nesius

The 2022 MLB Draft starts on Sunday, July 19 and one of the teams to watch is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who'll be drafting fourth overall in Round 1. While the Pirates could go a number of ways with their first-round selection, ESPN is projecting them to reach for an infielder in its final mock draft.

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ESPN's Kiley McDaniel sees Pittsburgh being the landing spot for Chipola Junior College third baseman Cam Collier. Of course, he also mentions that the Pirates would be looking to grab Druw Jones, Jackson Holliday or Kevin Parada if one of them falls out of the top three for some reason.

Collier has been seeing his stock rise over the last few months, but he has been widely seen as a top-10 selection rather than a top-five selection. McDaniel noted he likely falls to No. 7 or 8 if the Pirates pass. The 17-year-old is the youngest player listed among's top 50 2022 draft prospects.

What scouts have found most intriguing about Collier is his outstanding bat speed and uncanny bat-to-ball skills. He possesses a lot of power in his left-handed swing and his strong arm fits in well at the hot corner as well. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Louisville commit is far from a finished product, though.

McDaniel also mentioned Campbell shortstop Zach Neto as an option here due to the amount of money it would save the organization. Pirates fans can tune in to watch Day 1 of the 2022 MLB Draft on ESPN and the MLB Network when it kicks off on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

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