Pirates select Louisville catcher Henry Davis with No. 1 overall pick in MLB draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates have chosen the player they hope will be a cornerstone of their rebuilding efforts, selecting catcher Henry Davis of Louisville with the first overall pick in the 2021 MLB draft.

In passing over Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter and high school shortstop Marcelo Mayer, the Pirates opted for perhaps the best college bat in the country in Davis, a sophomore who hit .370/.482/.663 with 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases in leading the Cardinals to a berth in the College World Series.

A native of Bedford, New York, Davis was a semifinalist for the 2021 Golden Spikes award, which goes to the top amateur player in the country.

Davis, 21, is the second catcher to be taken first overall in the past three drafts, joining Adley Rutschman, whom the Baltimore Orioles selected with the No. 1 pick in 2019.

The Pirates had the first overall pick after finishing with baseball’s worst record in 2020. The last time the Pirates had the No. 1 overall pick was in 2011, when they took UCLA pitcher and future ace Gerrit Cole.

2021 MLB draft, first round

1. Pittsburgh Pirates: C Henry Davis, Louisville

2. Texas Rangers: SP Jack Leiter, Vanderbilt

3. Detroit Tigers: SP Jackson Jobe, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City) H.S.

4. Boston Red Sox: SS Marcelo Mayer, Eastlake (California) H.S.

5. Baltimore Orioles: OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston

6. Arizona Diamondbacks: SS Jordan Lawlar, Jesuit Prep (Dallas, Texas) H.S.

7. Kansas City Royals

8. Colorado Rockies

9. Los Angeles Angels

10. New York Mets

11. Washington Nationals

12. Seattle Mariners

13. Philadelphia Phillies

14. San Francisco Giants

15. Milwaukee Brewers

16. Miami Marlins

17. Cincinnati Reds

18. St. Louis Cardinals

19. Toronto Blue Jays

20. New York Yankees

21. Chicago Cubs

22. Chicago White Sox

23. Cleveland

24. Atlanta Braves

25. Oakland Athletics

26. Minnesota Twins

27. San Diego Padres

28. Tampa Bay Rays

29. Los Angeles Dodgers

Compensation picks

30. Cincinnati Reds (for Trevor Bauer)

Competitive Balance Round A

31. Miami Marlins

32. Detroit Tigers

33. Milwaukee Brewers

34. Tampa Bay Rays

35. Cincinnati Reds

36. Minnesota Twins

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB draft: Pittsburgh Pirates take catcher Henry Davis No. 1 overall

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