Pirates Draft Day 2

Alabama outfielder Casey Hughston was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday.

Hughston, selected 96th overall, started all 60 games this past season in right field for the Crimson Tide. The sophomore led the team in hits, total bases, and finished second on the team with a .332 average.

Hughston, a Mobile native, batted .306 his two years in Tuscaloosa and started 107 games.

The Pirates have taken Jacob Taylor, a righty from a Mississippi community college, in the fourth round. Until recently, he was mostly an outfielder, but his sits at 93 MPH now and can throw as hard as 97 MPH.

During his freshman season in 2014, he was a two-way player, hitting .219 with one home run, 15 RBIs, 18 runs and 18 stolen bases. On the mound, Taylor went 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 28.2 innings.

In 2015, he only had one hit (double) in three at bats, but that's because Hoffpauir and pitching coach Kyle Lindsey decided to make him a full-time pitcher.

Taylor led the Wildcats with 57 innings pitched, featuring a 2-5 record with a 3.90 ERA and striking out 44 compared to 27 walks.

He has committed to LSU

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In round five the Pirates tabbed lefty Brandon Waddell from the University of Virginia.

Waddell is 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 16 starts this season as a junior with the Cavaliers. He was a third team All-ACC honoree and was selected to the College World Series All- Tournament Team in 2014.

Waddell went 10-3 with a 2.45 ERA his sophomore season. He has posted a 19-11 record and 3.43 ERA in 50 games in his three-year career at Virginia.

J.T. Brubaker was the Bucs sixth round pick.He is a right-hand pitcher from the University of Akron.

He went 5-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 15 games as a junior this year. Led the Zips in strikeouts (72) and starts (15).

Infielder Mitchell Tolman from the University of Oregon was selected in round seven.

Tolman started all 62 games as a junior in 2015 for the Ducks. He batted .325 with 20 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 42 RBI and 43 runs scored. Was named third-team preseason All-American by both Perfext Game and College Sports Madness in 2015.

Right-hander Seth McGarry from Florida Atlantic University was taken in round number eight by the Pirates.

McGarry went 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 21 relief appearances as a junior this year. Was named one of Perfect Game's top 100 junior players enterin the 2015 season.

In round nine the Pirates picked right-hander Brett Helton from the University of Utah. Helton went 2-8 in 18 appearances as a junior in 2015.

Logan Sendelbach was the Bucs pick in the 10th round. Sendelbach is a right-hander from Tiffin (OH) University. He posted a record of 5-3 with a 2.84 ERA with five complete games as a junior this season. Was named All-GLIAC honorable mention in 2015.


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