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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Pirates To Pick Deven Marrero, Kevin Goldstein Says

Baseball Prospectus' latest 2012 MLB Mock Draft has the Pirates taking Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero -- who, in case you haven't heard, Pirates fans don't like very much.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State

The whole industry thinks this is who the Pirates are targeting to solve their long-standing shortstop woes. [Albert] Almora would be tempting here if he falls.

We'll see if the Pirates do indeed end up picking Marrero. It's certainly a possibility, but I currently doubt they will. Many players with better bats will be available, and the Pirates need to draft someone who has some shot at becoming a star.

Goldstein's draft has the Astros taking Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton, rather than Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, first overall. Carlos Correa goes to the Mariners at No. 3, with Florida catcher Mike Zunino falling to the Cubs at No. 6. This would be a frustrating draft for the Pirates if this is how it plays out, with Zunino and Almora almost falling to the Bucs, only to be snagged at No. 6 and No. 7.

For more on the draft, check out SB Nation Pittsburgh's MLB Draft Primer.

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