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Pirates Select Outfielder And Two HS Pitchers In First Day Of Draft

Outfielder Travis Swaggerty went 10th overall in the First-Year Player Draft.

June 05, 2018 - 11:02 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - On the first day of the Major League Baseball draft the Pirates picked up an outfielder and two pitchers.

Outfielder Travis Swaggerty went 10th overall in the First-Year Player Draft.

The junior out of the University of South Alabama hit .296 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI.

Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said in a release the 20-year-old “one of the best hitters in the draft and we are pleased to add such a multi-dimensional player to our organization,” said Huntington. “Travis is a gritty, driven, well-rounded athlete who can impact a game with his bat, his speed and his glove.”

Swaggerty's college head coach Mark Calvi joined The Starkey and Mueller Show and gave us a breakdown of what kind of player the Pirates just got.

"5'11, 180-pounds and he can fly.  He has a great arm.  He can hit for average, he's got power, he'll hit a ball as far as you want to see it hit."

Swaggerty wasn't a highly acclaimed player coming out of the high school ranks, but Calvi told us what has changed that he's now worth the 10th overall pick in the draft.

"An under the radar, unheralded guy out of high school who just worked his behind off."

The Pirates also drafted two high school pitchers, right-handers Gunnar Hoglund 38th overall and Craxton Ashcraft 51st overall.

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