Keith Law’s latest MLB mock draft (subscription-only) has the Pirates going with Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero at No. 8, probably much to Bucs fans’ chagrin.
Although there is a strong industry consensus that Marrero is the Bucs’ pick, I think they’re still seriously exploring other options. I’ve also heard them on Chris Stratton, and I imagine they’d be open to any top-end player (such as [Albert] Almora) who falls out of the top seven picks. [Lucas] Giolito is also a possibility here.
At least it sounds like the situation is pretty fluid. This mock has Almora, a toolsy high school outfielder with good makeup, falling to the Marlins at No. 9; I’d like to think that if Almora fell to the Bucs, they’d take him rather than Marrero, but Law is closer to this stuff than I am. Pirates fans don’t want the Bucs to choose Marrero, who hasn’t been an outstanding hitter in college.