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6/14/2014 9:17 A.M. ET

Pirates sign nine more players from 2014 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed the following players from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Joe DelliCarri, Pirates Director of Scouting.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
2 Mitch Keller RHP 6-3/195 Xavier (IA) High School GCL Pirates

Recorded a 1.72 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 69.1 innings as a senior at Xavier (IA) High School...His older brother Jon is a right-handed pitcher in Baltimore's minor league system...Was rated by MLB.com as the 69th-best player in the draft.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
Comp. B Trey Supak RHP 6-5/210 La Grange (TX) High School GCL Pirates

Was rated by MLB.com as the 62nd-best player available in the draft...Went 9-0 as a senior at La Grange High School.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
7 Nelson Jorge INF 5-11/175 International Baseball Academy GCL Pirates

Was named to Perfect Game USA's 2014 Canada/Puerto Rico All-Region First-Team.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
13 Frank Duncan RHP 6-4/212 Kansas University Jamestown

Led Kansas University starters with a 2.58 ERA in 16 starts as a senior...Became the fifth pitcher in Kansas history to record 100 strikeouts in a season while also being named All-Big 12 Second-Team in 2012.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
14 Chase Simpson INF 6-1/210 Wichita State University Jamestown

Hit .258 with 14 doubles, six home runs and 41 RBI as a red-shirt junior this year at Wichita State.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
17 Michael Clemens RHP 6-4/225 McNeese State Univ. Bristol

Recorded a career-high 54 strikeouts as a junior this year and 109 in 39 career appearances at McNeese State.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
21 Eric Thomas OF 5-10/175 Langham Creek (TX) H.S. GCL Pirates

Hit .340 with 10 doubles and a .480 on-base percentage as a senior at Langham Creek High School...Was also named a Second-Team All-District in 2014.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
22 Eric Karch RHP 6-2/205 Pepperdine University Jamestown

Went 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 15 saves as a senior at Pepperdine University...Also held opposing hitters to a .171 batting average against.

Round Name Position Height/Weight School Affiliate Assignment
36 Palmer Betts RHP 6-1/190 Chipola College Bristol

 Went 2-0 with one save and a 2.37 ERA in 19 appearances (30.1ip) this year with Chipola (FL) College.

The Pirates have now signed 25 players from this year's draft.

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