Pirates Conclude Draft

The Pirates continued to stockpile pitching on the third and final day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft Thursday.

The Pirates had their final 20 selections and 15 were pitchers. The Pirates also picked three outfielders and two infielders.

Of the 20, eight were college players, seven came from the high school ranks and five were from junior colleges.

Exactly two-thirds of the Pirates' draft picks this year - 34 of 51 - were pitchers.

"Our guys did a good job of grinding through the last 20 rounds," said general manager Neal Huntington. "We continued to give ourselves depth and options. Obviously, we're not going to sign everybody [among the 51 selections]. Nobody ever does. But we've given ourselves plenty of alternatives for good players.

"Overall, we feel very good about where we are. We feel confidently that we're going to look up in the middle of August, when the signing [deadline] comes, and see one of the deepest, if not the deepest, draft classes in Pirates history."

Here is a look at the Pirates' final 20 picks from the first-year player draft that were made Thursday as the event concluded:

31-Zachary Taylor, OF, Statesboro (Ga.) High School
Hit .448 with nine doubles, three triples, one home run and 13 RBIs as a senior this season…Also scored 26 runs and swiped 12 bases…Led the Statesboro Blue Devils with a .444 average as a junior in 2008 and was named All-Region…Also knocked in 32 runs and helped guide Statesboro to a second-place region finish in 2008…Signed with University of Georgia.

32-Niko Spezial, LHP, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
Went 8-0 with a 0.67 ERA while pitching 54 innings during his senior season.... Opened the season with a five-inning no-hitter against Bloomfield, striking out 11 of the 15 hitters he faced…Signed a letter of intent with Wake Forest University…Pitched in the 2009 Anderson Bat National Classic, one of the nation's most prestigious prep baseball tournaments…Also played in both the East Coast Professional Showcase and the Area Code Baseball Games.

33-Pat Irvine, OF, Elon University
Batted .402 with a team-best .782 slugging percentage and .533 on-base percentage this past season…His slugging percentage was the highest single-season mark in school history…Also finished the year with 14 doubles, five triples and 17 home runs while driving in 57 runs and scoring 68 runs…Was named both SoCon All-Tournament and First Team All-Southern Conference…Concluded his Elon career by ranking among the school's all-time best in the following categories: 10th in games played (202), sixth in runs (161), fifth in home runs (31) and seventh in RBIs (147)…Became the fourth Phoenix baseball player selected in the 2009 first-year Player draft, joining teammates Chase Austin (fifth round to the Florida Marlins), Cory Harrilchak (14th round to the Atlanta Braves) and Dallas Tarleton (20th round to the Colorado Rockies).

34-Zachary Fuesser, LHP, Walters State (S.C.) Community College
Went 5-2 with four saves and a 4.35 ERA in 19 games, four starts, as a freshman this year…Also struck out 60 batters in his 49 2/3 innings…Was named South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, a third-team Rawlings All-American, All-State and All-Region as a senior at York (S.C.) Comprehensive High School in 2008…Was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 19th round of the 2008 first-year player draft.

35-Christopher McKenzie, RHP, San Jacinto (Texas) College North
Went 4-3 with a 5.90 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 11 games and 50 1/3 innings as a freshman this year…Hails from Marlboro, Mass., and attended Marian High School in Framingham, Mass., where he lead the Mustangs to two straight state semifinal appearances.

36-Robert Doran, RHP Seward County Community College
Went 10-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 14 starts and 92 1/3 innings with Seward County (Kan.) CC this year. …Also struck out 81 batters and tossed six complete games (one shutout)…Was named to the second team of the 2009 NJCAA Region VI.

37-Zachary Nuding, RHP, Weatherford (Texas) College
Helped his team earn the third best record in Region 5 as a freshman…The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder had two wins and five saves in his 15 appearances. …Will pitch for the Victoria (Texas) Generals in the Texas Collegiate League this summer.

38-Jacob Lamb, 3B, Seattle Bishop Blanchet High School
The Washington recruit hit .422 with 22 RBIs as a junior in 2008…Also led the 19-win Braves with 33 runs scored in 2008 and was a first team All Area Greater Seattle.

39-Keifer Nuncio, RHP, Katy (Texas) High School
Went 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA as a senior this year…Pitched 50 innings…Named the No. 75 high school prospect by Baseball America in October 2008. …Produced a 20-4 record and eight saves during his high school career heading into his senior season…Tabbed first team All-District 18-5A as a junior after going 6-3 with three saves and a 1.47 ERA in 2008…Earned first-team All-District 18-5A honors as a sophomore after going 7-1 with two saves and a 1.28 ERA in 2007...Also Named all-district honorable mention as a freshman after posting a 7-0 record, three saves and a 2.13 ERA in 2006…Played for Team Texas in the Sun Belt Classic Games in 2006 and 2007. …Selected by Baseball America as one of the top 10 pitchers at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June 2008…Played for the Texas Rangers Area Code Games team in 2007and 008…Also played for the Texas Scouts Association team at the World Wood Bat Championship in 2008

40-Brett Lee, LHP, Pensacola West Florida High School of Advanced Technology
Posted a 5-4 record in 60 2/3 innings during his senior season.…Committed to Florida State University.

41-Tyler Cannon, SS, University of Virginia
Hit .339 with 19 doubles, four triples, one home run and 37 RBIs in 61 games and 221 at bats for the Cavaliers as a junior this season…Also swiped 17 bases…Team plays LSU in the first round of the College World Series at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN…Was also starting third baseman in 2008, although he made appearances at catcher, shortstop and center field…Played in the Cape Cod League in summer of 2008 and hit .265 in 35 games with the Bourne Braves…Earned four letters in baseball for father and coach Larry Cannon as shortstop at Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) High School. ...Was a four-time all-district selection, a three-time all-region selection and a three-time region player of the year…Hit .462 with six home runs, 36 RBIs and 25 stolen bases as junior and posted a 12-0 record and a 0.84 ERA on the mound that season.

42-Marc Baca, RHP, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Went 3-1 with three saves and a 4.05 ERA in 21 games , one start, and 33 1/3 innings as a senior this season … Played one season at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., where he pitched and also played the outfield for the Plainsmen...Helped the team to a 29-27 overall record in 2006 and a third-place finish in the Region IX Tournament...Is a 2005 graduate of Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas, where he played right field and lettered twice for the Mountain Lions…Helped the Lions win the state championship in 2005...Was honorable mention All-Southwest in 2004-05.

43-Teddy Fallon, RHP, University of South Carolina-Upstate
Went 2-0 with one save in 20 games, two starts, as a junior this season…Also struck out 38 batters in 34 innings… Played with the Carolina Thunder in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League where he appeared in six games; tossed 11 2/3 innings and struck out 12. …Played for the North Beach Titans in the Sunshine Wood Bat League during the summer of 2007….Was redshirted during the 2006 season while at Boston College. …Earned First Team Class 3A All-State honors while at West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman High School, where he posted an 8-1 record, a 1.86 ERA and 83 strikeouts as a senior…Also hit .335 with nine home runs and 38 RBI en route to Palm Beach County Player of the Year honors ... Earned first team all-conference and all-area honors as well as the team MVP award ... Played in both the Dick Howser All-Area and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star games.

44-Dexter Bobo, LHP, Georgia Southern University
Posted a 2-2 record, three saves and a 6.55 ERA as a junior this season…Struck out 32 batters in 34 1/3 innings during his 28 relief appearances… Earned Second Team All-Conference honors during his sophomore year while pitching for Darton (Ga.) College... Had a 3.74 ERA in 15 appearances, 11 starts, his freshman season…Named 2005 team MVP and earned All-Region honors in senior season at Cumming (Ga.) North Forsyth High School…Also set school record for triples (11)... Lettered three years in baseball in high school.

45-Kevin Gelinas, LHP, Central Arizona College
Went 7-0 with a 1.68 ERA 13 starts and 53 2/3 innings this season…Also struck out 79 batters for a team that posted a 51-13 record in 2009 and captured the Region 1 Championship…According to Baseball America's 2009 Junior College Preview, he had maybe the top power arm in the juco ranks in 2009…Transferred to Central Arizona from Pepperdine.

46-Parker Bangs, RHP, University of South Carolina
Served as a two-way player this season and hit .328 in 40 games and 119 at bats with five home runs and 36 RBIs…Also made 15 appearances on the mound and went 3-2 with a 5.88 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings of work…Appeared in 18 games as a relief pitcher in 2008 and went 3-3 with two saves and 34 Ks in 27 1/3 innings of work... Also served as designated hitter and pinch hitter and hit .277 with two homers and six RBIs in 47 at bats …Played second consecutive summer for Fayetteville (N.C.) in the Coastal Plain League in 2008 and was named to CPL All-Star team…Baseball America rated him the No.5 best prospect out of the CPL last summer.

47-Justin Earls, LHP, University of Georgia
Made 33 appearances during his junior season at Georgia in 2009… Appeared in 27 games in 2008, all in relief, for the Southeastern Conference champions that advanced to the College World Series finals and posted a No. 2 final national ranking…Is a graduate of Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill High School where he was named Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Gwinnett Daily Post Pitcher of the Year after going 9-1 with a 1.41 ERA as a senior…Led team to first-ever Region 7-AAAAA title and 27-7 overall record…Went 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched as a junior, leading Collins Hill to its first-ever state playoff berth and a 17-11 record…Participated in East Coast Professional Showcase and was a three-year letterman in baseball.

48-Blake Brown, OF, Normal (Ill.) West High School
Hit. .430 with nine doubles, three triples, 12 home runs and 38 RBIs as a senior this season…Also scored 50 runs and produced a .565 on-base percentage.

49-Yasser Clor, RHP, University of California
A junior who was a 15th-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox out of high school ...Had to sit out the 2007 season after originally signing a letter of intent with UNLV and did not compete for Cal in 2008 ...Went 3-1 in 12 appearances, three starts … Graduate of Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, Cal., were he ranked as the No. 3 player in Northern California and 12th-best player in the state by Perfect Game. …Competed for Team Baseball America at the Perfect Game WWBA Championship in Jupiter, Fla.…Earned first-team all-league honors as a freshman, and as a sophomore was league Pitcher of the Year, going 7-0 with a 0.58 ERA.…Born in Baghdad, Iraq.

50-Matthew Taylor, LHP, Columbus (Ga.) High School
Signed a letter of intent with the University of Alabama…Also played center field in high school. …Participated in 2008 WWBA World Championship, the 2008 WWBA 17-and-under National Championship, the 2007 WWBA 16-and-under National Championship, the 2007 BCS 16-and-under Finals, the 2006 Southside Atlanta State Showcase and the 2006 WWBA 15-and-under National Championship.

With the draft concluded, the Pirates' now go about the business of signing their selections. Those who sign quickly will attend one of two three-day minicamps, one will be held at State College, Pa., from June 16-18 and the other at Bradenton, Fla., from June 20-22.


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