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JJ Wetherholt’s Stock on Rise in Latest Mock Draft

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JJ Wetherholt looks on as WVU played against North Carolina on June 8, 2024, in the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)
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After a college career full of success and recognition, being drafted by a MLB franchise is the next step for JJ Wetherholt. And even though he was not able to be as productive in 2024 as he was in 2023, one major publication still believes Wetherholt is the top prospect available.

In their latest mock draft, Baseball America has the WVU super-star infielder as the No. 1 overall pick to the Cleveland Guardians. This comes as Wetherholt is taking part in the fourth-annual MLB Draft Combine.

While Baseball America is so high on Wetherholt, others are projecting him to go a bit lower within the top 10.  Jim Callis, who writers for the MLB Pipeline section of MLB.com, mocked Wetherholt to the Pirates in his latest mock draft about a month ago.

Below is what Callis had to say about why he has Pittsburgh taking Wetherholt with the No. 9 pick.

West Virginia Star JJ Wetherholt Mocked to Pittsburgh Pirates

“MLB Pipeline’s top-rated prospect entering the season, Wetherholt has been waylaid by a recurring hamstring injury that has made it impossible to evaluate whether he can play shortstop at the next level. He’s heating up at the plate (.384/.525/.686) and rivals Bazzana as the best pure hitter in the Draft, albeit with less power. Smith and Burns would be attractive to the Pirates, Griffin and Rainer could be as well and there’s also some discount Tibbs talk as well.”

While this projection does indicate Wetherholt’s stock might be dipping from where it was before the start of the 2024 college season, it also could be a blessing in disguise for the Mars, Pa. native who grew up going to games at PNC Park and worshiping his favorite player Andrew McCutchen.

Despite missing half of the season with an injury, Wetherholt still hit eight home runs and recorded 30 RBI while posting a .375 batting average during the regular season.

In 2023, Wetherholt hit .449 with 16 home runs and 36 bases stolen bases and was a finalist for college baseball’s Dick Howser Trophy.

The MLB Draft will take place from July 14-16.

Click here for more of WV Sports Now’s coverage of JJ Wetherholt.

For a related story, WV Sports Now spoke with Callis a month ago about his thoughts on JJ Wetherholt as a prospect.

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