Trae Arbet, the middle infielder out of Great Oak High School in Southern California, was making plenty of noise this spring as the First-Year Player Draft approached. The Pirates didn't let any other team reap the rewards, taking Arbet with the 149th overall pick.
Arbet is a solid all-around player at the plate and in the field, and he has a good amount of athleticism working in his favor. He has pretty good bat speed and some gap-to-gap pop.
"He definitely has the tools for [shortstop]," said Pirates director of amateur scouting Joe DelliCarri. "The best way to explain our thought process there is athlete, tools, footspeed and arm strength."
Arbet got off to a slow start at the plate this season before finishing at .309 with 20 runs scored, 18 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples and two home runs.
An average runner, Arbet is a solid defender with decent action and range, plus a solid arm. Some feel that he is better suited for second base, while others believe he has the ability to stick at shortstop in the professional ranks.
Regardless of where Arbet plays at the next level, it's his plus athleticism that got him taken in the fifth round of the Draft.
"He is one guy that can play [shortstop] and has the toolset to play that position," DelliCarri said. "Yes, there's a chance for him to stay at shortstop and be that shortstop for us."
Steve Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.