Pirates Remain Aggressive On Draft Day Two

Day 2 of the Major League Baseball Draft is in the books, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington had this assessment of what the team had done to this point.

"Overall we've tried to say from the beginning that it's not about just one pick. Even last year we spent two thirds of our budget on just one player, it wasn't just about one pick. For us to be successful we have to flood the system with talented players through the draft and the international market. As we looked at this year's board we didn't have that same type of impact player as we did last year with Pedro Alvarez. We looked at Tony Sanchez and we looked at a number of other options – arguably some with higher upside, but with significantly more risk.

We took Tony Sanchez and then we supplemented that in subsequent rounds with a lot of quality arms – high school players that are going to be tough to sign. We added this point in time 21 of the 30 players we drafted have asked for six figures. As we put together the dollar figure – the asks of all of our players – there aren't many in baseball that are where we are. That's a challenge – not just about the money – it's getting the right players signed for the right dollars and allocating our dollars efficiently. We're going to be aggressive."

The key word there might have to be aggressive, especially because the Pirates used several early-round selections yesterday on high school pitchers who are signed with prominent college programs.

Among them are fourth-rounder Zackry Dodson (Baylor), sixth-rounder Zackary Von Rosenberg (LSU), seventh-rounder Trent Stevenson (Arizona) and eighth-rounder Colton Cain (Texas). Even Michael Heller, the Pirates' 29th-round pick, is signed to play for Florida.

"We have acknowledged that we won't sign them all," Huntington explained. "Some will go to college. But we have a good, strong number that we think we can find common ground with."

Here are the Pirates draft selections in day two of the draft:

4-Zackry Dodson, LHP, Natalia (Texas) Medina Valley High School
Went 10-0 with two saves and a 1.20 ERA in 16 games, 10 starts, and 64 1/3 innings as a senior this season…Also struck out 129 batters, walked 36 and threw three complete games…In addition to pitching, he also hit .465 with 11 home runs while playing the outfield,…As a junior in 2008, hit .400 with seven home runs and 52 RBIs while going 13-0 with a 0.59 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings as a pitcher…Threw a no-hitter in 2008…Is being recruited by Baylor University.

5-Nathan Baker, LHP, University of Mississippi
Made 20 appearances, seven starts, for Ole Miss as a junior this season and went 4-3 with one save and a 3.63 ERA…Struck out 69 batters in 67 innings…Was a four-year letter winner at Cordova (Tenn.) High School where he posted a 22-8 record and 300 strikeouts in 194 innings during his career …Was named one of top 150 players by Baseball America coming out of high School …His father, Tim, was drafted by Boston and his grandfather, Chuck Daniel, played professionally for Detroit.

6-Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, Zachary (La.) High School
The 6-foot-6 Von Rosenberg went 11-1 and led the Zachary Broncos to their third straight Class 4A state championship with a 5-2 win over top-seeded Sam Houston in Shreveport on May 15…Also hit .489 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs during his senior season…Led Zachary to three straight Class 4A titles in baseball…Holds the distinction of winning four titles in four years, including a 5A title won with Barbe-Lake Charles before he moved to Zachary as a sophomore…Was named the Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year.

7-Trent Stevenson, RHP, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Brophy Jesuit Prep School
Went 7-2 with a 3.91 ERA in 48 1/3 innings this past season…Also struck out 59 batters and threw two complete games, including one shutout.

8-Colton Cain, LHP, Waxahachie (Texas) High School
Had a 6-2 record, a 2.17 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 10 games as a senior this season. …Was ranked 109th among the top 200 prospects listed by Baseball America prior to the draft…A two-way player who was considered one of the best hitters and pitchers in Texas…Started as a freshman on the Indians' varsity and made all-district that year…Named the No. 44 high school prospect by Baseball America in October 2008 and the No. 81 overall prospect by Baseball America in November 2008. …Pitched for the 2008 USA Baseball 18U national team, earning a Silver Medal at the IBAF World AAA Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta … Won his two starts for Team USA in 2008 with victories over Chinese Taipei and Korea. He pitched 5.0 innings of no-hit ball and struck out nine in a 6-0 win over Chinese Taipei..Also pitched for the 2007 USA Baseball Youth National Team, earning a gold medal at the World Youth Championships in Barquisimeto, Venezuela…Compiled a 12-1 record, a 0.76 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 81 innings and batted .486 with 16 doubles, nine home runs and 45 RBIs as a junior at Waxahachie …Threw a no-hitter and struck out 19 batters in a game during his junior season.

9-Brock Holt-2B-Rice University
Hit .348 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs in 59 games as a junior this season. …Also led team with 67 runs scored and 250 at bats...Shared team lead in stolen bases (11). …Was named to All-NCAA Regional Team and All-Silver Glove Trophy Series Team. ...Served as the team's leadoff hitter in all 57 starts…Was his first and only season at Rice after transferring from Navarro College.

10-Joseph Schoenfeld, C, Corona (Calif.) Santiago High School
Right-handed hitting catcher who signed a national letter of intent with San Diego State for the 2010 season.

11-Aaron Baker, 1B, University of Oklahoma
Hit .284 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI in 63 games and 225 at bats for the Sooners as a junior this season…Finished the year ranked fourth in the Big 12 in home runs...His 167 career RBIs rank eighth all-time at Oklahoma...Became first player in 10 years to drive in 50 or more runs in three consecutive seasons for the Sooners…Played in the Cape Cod League in 2008 and led the Warhem Gateman team with 25 RBI... Established an OU freshman record by hitting in 20 straight games; finished the streak at 22 games, a mark that ranks third all-time at OU…His grandfather played for the Kansas City Chiefs...Was selected by Minnesota in the 37th-round of the 2006 first-year player draft.

12-Jeffrey Inman, RHP, Stanford University
Finished his three-year Stanford career with a 13-12 record and a 5.31 ERA in 42 games, 37 starts, and 198 1/3 innings.…Went 20-17 in his 37 starts…Ranked second on Stanford's 2008 College World Series staff in wins (7-2), innings (71 2/3) and starts (13). …Was tabbed by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the prestigious 2008 Cape Cod League…Was originally selected by Kansas City in the 19th round of the 2006 first-year player draft but did not sign.…Was named Stanford's Most Outstanding Freshman in 2007.

13-John Gourley, SS, Goldsboro (N.C.) Eastern Wayne High School
Compiled a .477 batting average with 42 hits, four home runs and 23 RBIs in 88 at bats as a senior this year…Helped lead team to 2008 conference championship…Was an All-ECC and all-area performer as a sophomore and junior…Led the Warriors in runs scored (27) and stolen bases (15), while hitting .314 with a .465 on-base percentage as a sophomore…Led squad in runs scored (39) and stolen bases (20) as a junior…Holds team record with 57 career stolen bases… Father, John, was a member of the Canadian National Team (1979-80).

14-Marcus Reyna, RHP, Bakersfield (Calif.) College.
Went 1-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 16 games, 12 starts, this season…Struck out 83 batters in 78 2/3 innings.

15-Peter Bako, C, Connors State (Okla.) College
Is from Mississauga, Ontario.

16-Matt Den Dekker, of, University of Florida
Was ranked by Baseball America as the 44th-best position player available in the draft and projected him as a second-round pick … Hit .296 with five home runs and 37 RBIs in 61 games and 226 at bats for the Gators as a junior this season…Also ranked second on the team with 17 stolen bases…Was chosen to 2008 USA Baseball National Team after hitting .370 (10-for-27) during the trials…Was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in the outfield during sophomore year…Was selected to SEC's All-Freshman team…Batted .455 with 34 runs, seven home runs and 20 RBIs during his senior season at Westminster Academy in Miami while posting a 7-1 record as a pitcher.

17-Jordan Cooper, RHP Shelbyville (Tenn.) Central High School
Was ranked 81st among the top 100 high school players in the draft class, according to Baseball America...Signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball at University of Kentucky over a number of Division I schools....Posted a 5-2 record while collecting 48 strikeouts with a 1.31 ERA as a junior...Was on the TBCA Showcase Region 4 team, Tennessee Sunbelt team that finished second nationally, participated in the East Coast Showcase by invitation in Lakeland, Fla, and was invited to play in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.

18-Ryan Beckman, RHP, Grayson County (Texas) College
Attended the same school (Grayson County College) as current Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche and former Pirates pitcher Danny Darwin.

19-Joshua Urban, RHP, Dripping Springs (Texas) High School
Posted a 9-0 record and a 0.91 ERA during his senior season at Dripping Springs High School near Austin, Texas…Held opposing hitters to a .138 batting average…Struck out 65 batters and walked only two in 46 innings…Had five complete games, including one shutout…Went 6-4 with one save, a 1.40 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 60 innings as a junior in 2008…Also hit .363 with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 20 RBIs in 28 games for Dripping Springs as a junior…Earned All-District 10-5A first-team honors from the Dallas Morning News as a junior in 2007…Earned all-district honorable mention as a freshman.

20-Sam Spangler, LHP, University of Hawaii
Went 5-3 with four saves, a 4.17 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 19 relief appearances and 45 1/3 innings as a sophomore at the University of Hawaii this season…A 2006 graduate of Valley High School in Albuquerque, N.M., where he lettered three years in baseball. ...Earned all-state, all-league, and all-district honors in high school.

21-Phillip Irwin, RHP, University of Mississippi
Posted an 8-3 record and a 3.84 ERA in 15games, 14 starts, and 86 2/3 innings as a junior this season…Also tossed one complete game…Was a teammate of Nathan Baker, taken by the Pirates in the fifth round… Lettered three years at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., where he posted a 21-4 record over three years...Was a two-time All-State, All-Region and All-Metro selection in 2004 and 2005 and helped lead his team to a Tennessee state championship in 2005 and a runner -up finish in 2004... Also lettered three years in bowling while in high school.

22-Carmine Giardina, LHP, University of Tampa
Went 5-1 with one save in 17 games, eight starts, for the Tampa Spartans this year, his third season with the team…Also struck out 54 batters in 45 1/3 innings of work…Lettered in baseball all four years at Durant High School in Plant City, Fla....Participated in the All-American Baseball Game with the top seniors in the country during 2006 in New Mexico...Ranked as one of the top 50 prospects in the country and the top lefty in the state of Florida... Pitched for the USA Baseball Junior National Team...Was a member of 2005 Team USA National Team.

23-Jose Hernandez, OF, University of Texas-San Antonio Hit .360 with 25 doubles, 17 home runs and 61 RBIs in 55 games and 211 at bats as a senior this year…Led team in doubles and RBIs and tied for first in home runs…Played in 41 games, 29 starts, at Long Beach State in 2006 before transferring to UTSA…Led the Denton Outlaws to 2006 Texas Collegiate League championship while hitting .327 with five home runs and a TCL-best 49 RBIs…Was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.

24-Jason Erickson, RHP, University of Washington
Went 5-4 with a 4.34 ERA in 14 games, 11 starts, and 74 2/3 innings as senior this year…Also had one complete game/shutout…Compiled a 13-10 record and a 4.99 ERA in his four years pitching for the Huskies...Played summer ball in 2008 for the Mat-Su Miners in the Alaska Baseball League and was named his team's Pitcher of the Year after going 3-3 with a 1.56 earned run average… Earned four varsity letters while pitching for White River High School in Buckley, Wash.…Served as team captain as a junior and senior. …Was selected by Cincinnati in the 45th round of the 2005 draft.

25-Aaron LaFountaine, OF, Riverside (Calif.) John W. North High School
Batted .388 with four doubles, one home run, 20 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 27 games and 85 at bats as a senior this season.

26-Matthew Dermody, LHP, Norwalk (Iowa) High School
Finished with a 7-3 record, 0.78 ERA, 135 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 63 innings pitched last season…Was named first team all-conference and was an all-state selection. …Was the third-ranked pitcher in Iowa in 2008 and the 486th-ranked player in the country by Perfect Game Crosschecker.

27-Paul Luquette, C, New Orleans Isidore Newman School

28-Kyle Hooper, RHP, Saugus (Calif.) High School
Went 6-2 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA in 66 1/3 innings as a senior this season…Also struck out 62 batters and tossed three complete games , including two shutouts.

29-Michael Heller, RHP, Sarasota (Fla.) Cardinal Mooney High School
Went 5-4 with one save and a 2.46 ERA in his senior season at Cardinal Mooney…Whiffed 77 batters in his 54.0 innings of work and pitched one shutout.

30-Ty Summerlin, SS, Southeastern Louisiana University
Hit .327 with four home runs and 44 RBIs in 59 games and 254 at bats as a senior this past season…Led team with 24 doubles…Also led squad in batting (.342), slugging percentage (.542), runs (57), hits (82), RBIs (60), doubles (20), home runs (8), total bases (130) and stolen bases (10) as a junior… Was a two-time Class 4A First Team All-State selection at Vancleave (La.) High School where he helped the Bulldogs to a 22-4 record and a berth in the South state semifinals his senior year…Led VHS to a 28-5 record as a junior, hitting .394.

The draft concludes today with rounds 31-50, and Huntington said the Pirates already have a handful of deal discussions in place.

"We've given ourselves options," Huntington said. "We have a number of very talented players we can go after."


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