First Pitch: The Pirates’ Chances at Drafting Kumar Rocker

The Pirates are the worst team in baseball this year, holding last place by a margin of 2.5 games over Texas. With nine games remaining in the 2020 season, they are very close to clinching last place.

In a normal year, that would give them the number one overall pick the following year, which in this case would give them the opportunity to draft Kumar Rocker.

There has been discussion that MLB won’t go with the reverse standings this year for the draft, due to the shortened season. That’s a weird position for MLB to take, since they are indeed giving out a World Series title on the other end of the spectrum.

If MLB goes with a combination of standings from 2019 and 2020, the Pirates wouldn’t have a chance at Rocker. The Detroit Tigers were so bad in 2019 that a combination of the standings puts them at a .322 winning percentage. The Pirates would be fifth, at .394, ranking behind Miami, Kansas City, and Baltimore.

If there was some sort of lottery system, obviously nothing would be guaranteed for the Pirates.

I know what the answer is going to be here, but I’ll open today’s discussion up with this question: How do you think MLB should handle the 2020 draft order?

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