Round 3, No. 72 overall: Bubba Chandler, RHP, North Oconee HS (Bogart, Ga.)
Notable skill: Chandler, a two-way player in high school, was taken as a pitcher by the Pirates. In that capacity, he stands out with a fastball that sits at 92-95 mph and touches 97 mph. It pairs with a hammer of a curveball that lives in the upper 70s on the radar gun.
Fun fact: Like White, Chandler was committed to play football in college. In his case, he was a three-star quarterback in high school who signed with the powerhouse Clemson Tigers, who have won two national titles in the past six seasons. So it makes sense that he can throw the baseball well and with velocity.
Quotable: “I just like playing baseball. We’ll see what happens with everything, but I just enjoy playing, whether it’s every day, pitching or hitting -- whatever it is. Baseball’s just a great game, and being on the field is amazing,” Chandler told MLB.com, on if he’d rather be a pitcher or shortstop.
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