The Pittsburgh Pirates put the lie to many rumors about their first-round pick, the first overall in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft, by staring at the great receiver Henry Davis.
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A Louisville University product, the 21-year-old, is known for its impact. In 2021, he maintained an average of .370, in 50 games. Of his 68 hits, 15 ended up out of bounds.
It was his second draft, the one that had been available at the end of the school year, before taking the university path. However, he had been ignored by baseball teams in the major leagues.
Mayer has to wait a bit
Seen as one of the best hopes in this vintage, card stopper Marcelo Mayer was contacted as a player who had a good chance of hearing his name called by the Pirates. The latter, however, preferred to go in a different direction.
The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, who held second and third rounds respectively, could have chosen Mayer, but they preferred to choose pitchers.
Rangers selected right-hander Jack Leiter. The Vanderbilt University product is also the son of former player Al Leiter. In 18 starts in 2021, he maintained an 11-4 record and a 2.13 earned running average. He also took the dust off 179 opposing hitters.
As for them, the Tigers have chosen Jackson Jobe, a pitcher who completed his high school education and who wants to join the University of Mississippi. Jobe maintained a 9-0 record and an impressive 0.13 deserved running average with high school.
Mayer’s wait has ended with the fourth team voting: Boston Red Sox. Whoever is considered the best talent to get out of American high schools will therefore join the Massachusetts organization.
A pitcher for the Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays picked right hand Gunnar Hoglund with his first choice, 19e in total.
The 21-year-old had 11 starts in 2021 with the University of Mississippi, and maintained a 4-2 record. Hoglund maintained an earned average of 2.87 and struck out 96 strokes.