The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the MLB Draft with the 3rd worst record in the whole MLB. The Pirates are hoping to brighten their future after selecting Henry Davis out of Louisville with the first overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. The Pirates got the first pick in the draft since they had it back in 2010 when they selected All Star pitcher Gerrit Cole. The Pirates join the Mets and Astros as the only teams to have the first overall pick 5 times.
Davis is known to be one of the top prospects in all of the NCAA listed at 6′ 2″, 195 pounds. Davis batted .370, .483, .663 in 50 games with Louisville with 15 homeruns and 10 stolen bases. Davis had more walks (31) than strikeouts (24) and he earned All American honors from Baseball America.
Davis is just the 7th catcher to be taken with the 1st overall pick, and the first since the Orioles picked Adley Rutschman back in 2019. He’s also the 3rd first rounder that has come out of Louisville in the past two MLB Drafts.
So, the story for the Pirates remains the same…Can they find a player that they can finally build around in the near future. Obviously, they’re hoping Henry Davis is exactly that type of player. Many critics of the MLB have made this out to be a questionable pick. The Pirates could’ve gotten a pitcher like Jack Leiter or Kumar Rock. Only time will tell if the Pirates screwed up this first round pick. After looking through Davis’ numbers with Louisville, it looks like he could be the real deal for the Buccos.