As Sunday’s Major League Baseball draft approaches, all signs continue to show that the Pittsburgh Pirates are selecting Eastlake High School (Chula Vista, Cali.) Shortstop Marcelo Mayer with the No. 1 overall pick.
For some people (really yours
That does not mean Mayer is a bad choice. He’s just a younger player with a shorter track record and a much longer path to the big leagues.
When Mayer comes to Pittsburgh, he can be amazing. Based on the comparison made by his high school coach, David Gallegos, he certainly should be.
“Marcelo had more power and pop in the bat,” Gallegos told Fox 5 San Diego last week. “Athletics goes to Marcelo. Other than that, they are both smart baseball players. The only thing I would give about Marcelo is that in high school he had a little more pop than Adrián did, but Adrián was special. ”
It’s great praise considering that González made up 317 homers over a 15-year MLB career. It is also interesting that Gallegos believes that Mayer already has González’s type of power, even though Mayer is only 185 pounds at 6 feet 3. González filled in for 215 when he starred in the big leagues at 6 feet 2. So if Mayer can collect a little, once he is in professional baseball, his power may have an even higher ceiling than what is expected right now.
Troy Hirsch joined us for Friday’s “Breakfast with Benz” podcast. He’s the anchor that put that piece together for Fox 5. In the video, Mayers’ turn is reminiscent of González’s.
I thought, ‘Wow! There are many similarities between these two players in the way they swing the bat, ”Hirsch said. “Very sweet. Very smooth. Very powerful. Almost effortlessly powerful.”
While Mayer has a scholarship set up at USC – his “dream college”, Hirsch believes, as long as he’s worked out in the top 5, he’s likely to become a professional. Hirsch said the first time his station covered Mayer this year, it was pretty clear he was doing special things after evolving through an elite baseball pipeline.
“In his first three bats, he hit three home runs,” Hirsch said.
“He really looks like a man among boys down there. And Eastlake High School has cut off many really good baseball players. It starts at a young age. We have had some small leagues from the area that went on to the Little League World Series. So not really a surprise that he has come out of Eastlake and has risen to this high. ”
Another Eastlake Titan, Keoni Cavaco, was selected No. 13 in 2019 by the Minnesota Twins.
Hirsch also insists Mayer has an off-field makeup worthy of being a No. 1 overall pick.
Maturity is the key word. His teammates and his coaches talk about his maturity. They all say he is destined for the big time, ”Hirsch said.
Also in the podcast, Hirsch talks about the recent San Diego-to-Pittsburgh baseball pipeline. We wonder if a change of attitude may be in the long-term plans for Mayer. And we dive into some draft pool signing strategies.
Listen: Tim Benz and Troy Hirsch discuss Pirates’ likely No. 1 draft, shortstop Marcelo Mayer
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