06/09/10 1:25 AM ET
Pirates Draft recap: Plenty of pitching
By Matt Fortuna / MLB.com
One day after using the second overall pick on right-handed high school pitcher Jameson Taillon, the Pirates selected 14 more right-handed pitchers over 29 Draft picks. They selected 16 pitchers overall on Tuesday, 10 of them being from high school. Pittsburgh chose 12 high schoolers on Tuesday, picking up right where it left off on Monday.
Stetson Allie was the most notable of the Pirates' picks on Tuesday, chosen at No. 52 overall out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. Allie went 9-1 with a 1.29 ERA his senior season, striking out 134 batters in 60 innings pitched.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington acknowledged his surprise in Allie being available that late.
"It seemed that he was going to go, we thought, early in the first round, certainly in the middle of the first round," Huntington said. "It happens every year: there's a player or two that slides unexpectedly and we were fortunate enough that in this situation Stetson fell to 52 and we were able to grab him with that pick."
Allie throws in the upper-90s with lots of movement, though his secondary stuff suggests he could end up in the bullpen. But Pirates scouting director Greg Smith feels he has what it takes to be a starter.
"He certainly gives you the traits and poise that may allow him to become a starting pitcher," Smith said. "You certainly have that option if you want to accelerate it. Or, depending on how things go, you could move him to the back of the bullpen if that's necessary.
"But we feel the traits he has, how he goes about, certainly give him the opportunity to become that Major League starter."
Round 3, 84th overall, OF Mel Rojas Jr.: The son of the former Major League pitcher of the same name, Rojas is a speedy outfielder who can cover enough ground to play center.Round 4, 117th overall, RHP Nicholas Kingham: The No. 2 recruit out of the state of Nevada, Kingham had 73 strikeouts in 13 games for Sierra Vista High School this past season. The first-team all-state pitcher signed a letter of intent with Oregon. Round 5, 147th overall, RHP Tyler Waldron: Waldron was a 38th-round selection of the Florida Marlins in 2007 but did not sign. He went 4-5 with three saves and a 5.90 ERA at Oregon State this season. Round 6, 177th overall, RHP Jason Hursch: Hursh went 9-1 with a 2.32 ERA and 108 strikeouts in his senior season at Trinity Christian Academy in Texas, the same high school as David Purcey, who was Toronto's first-round pick in the 2004 Draft. Hursch has committed to Oklahoma State. Round 7, 207th overall, RHP Austin Kubitza: Like Taillon, Kubitza committed to play at Rice University. He went 4-1 this season with one save, a 1.79 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 39 innings at Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas. Round 8, 237th overall, RHP Dace Kime: Kime went 7-0 with a 1.21 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 63.2 innings at Defiance High School in Ohio, this one year after going 9-0 with a 0.70 ERA and 105 strikeouts. Round 9, 267th overall, RHP Brandon Cumpton: Cumpton went 9-3 with a 5.50 ERA in 15 starts in his junior season at Georgia Tech, one year after he went 4-3 with a 4.76 ERA while striking out 63 in 64.1 innings pitched. Round 10, 297th overall, RHP Zachary Weiss: Weiss started 11 games this season for Northwood High School in Irvine, Calif., going 7-5 with two saves and a team-leading 2.45 ERA. He committed to UCLA. Round 11, 327th overall, LF Daniel Grovatt: As a junior at Virginia this season, he has hit .289 with nine doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 56 RBIs, this a year after he hit .356 as a sophomore. Round 12, 357th overall, RHP Vincent Payne: Making four starts and 14 appearances in his freshman season at Cypress College in California, Payne went 1-3 with 18 strikeouts and a 7.58 ERA in 19.0 innings pitched. Round 13, 387th overall, LHP Christopher Kirsch: The Pennsylvania native, from Marple Newtown High School near the other side of the state, went 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings this season. Round 14, 417th overall, RHP Bryce Weidman: Weidman went 4-6 with one save and a 2.20 ERA in 13 appearances this season for Southwest Oregon Community College. He struck out 82 batters while walking just 15. Round 15, 447th overall, SS Andrew Maggi: The Arizona State sophomore hit .342 with 10 doubles, three triple and four homers. He has added 37 RBIs and 34 steals in 58 games. He was selected by Arizona in the 47th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Round 16, 477th overall, 1B Matthew Curry: Curry played two seasons at Howard Junior College before transferring to Texas Christian University, where he hit .353 with 26 doubles, 17 home runs and 59 RBI in 60 games. The Pirates drafted him in the 37th round in 2008. Round 17, 507th overall, RHP Ryan Hafner: Hafner is 6-foot-6 and has committed to Missouri State. In his junior year at Lee's Summit West High School in Missouri, he went 5-2 with a 2.02 ERA. Round 18, 537th overall, OF Chase Wentz: In 55 games at Louisiana State Shreveport this season, Wentz hit .348 with 10 doubles, 11 triples, six homers and 56 RBI. He had six assists in right field this season. Round 19, 567th overall, LHP Kent Emanuel: In his senior season at Woodstock High School in Georgia, Emanuel went 6-1 with a 0.92 ERA, striking out 114, walking eight and allowing 23 hits in 58.2 innings pitched. Round 20, 597th overall, OF Justin Bencsko: Another in-state product, Bencsko hit .356 with 31 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 50 games at Villanova this season. He graduated from Pequannock High School. Round 21, 627th overall, OF Dale Carey: From Wheeler High School in Georgia, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Carey is considered a five-tool player whose throws to the infield have reportedly been clocked as fast as 92 mph. Round 22, 657th overall, Adalberto Santos: A New York native from Oregon State, Santos was a 35th round selection of the Padres in the 2009 Draft and a 17th round selection of the Blue Jays in the 2007 Draft. Round 23, 687th overall, 1B Jared Lakind: Lakind, an Arkansas recruit, pitched and played first for Cypress Woods High School in Texas. The left-hander has been clocked as fast as 90 mph and was the No. 99 prospect in Texas, according to Baseball America. Round 24, 717th overall, 1B Justin Howard: The New Mexico senior led the Lobos to their first NCAA tournament in 48 years this season. The transfer from Navarro College hit above .400 and led the Lobos in RBIs. Round 25, 747th overall, RHP Casey Sadley: The Western Oklahoma State right-hander was Baseball America's No. 23 player from the state of Oklahoma. He uses four pitches and gets up to 93 mph. Round 26, 777th overall, RHP Brandon Pierce: Pierce, another right-handed pitcher out of high school, struck out 133 batters his senior season at Gunter High School in Texas. He has committed to Nebraska. Round 27, 807th overall, RHP Kevin Kleis: The 6-foot-8 right-hander out of Grossmont through 16 1/3 innings this past season, giving up 10 earned runs and 19 hits while striking out 13 and walking seven. Round 28, 837th overall, SS Zachary Powers: Powers, from Armwood High School in Hillsborough County in Florida, hit .411 with three homers and 18 RBIs, and was 9-1 with a 1.51 ERA as a pitcher. He is a Florida recruit. Round 29, 867th overall, RHP Garret Levsen: Yet another right-handed high school pitcher, the last the Pirates took Tuesday, Levsen hails from Sonora High School in California. Round 30, 897th overall, C Matthew Skirving: Skirving played 55 games (53 starts) for Eastern Michigan this season, finishing with six home runs and 28 RBIs. He belted a team-best 17 doubles and hit .259.
Matt Fortuna is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.