Pirates Take 4 In First Day Of MLB Draft

Bucs pick High School RHP in 1st round

June 04, 2019 - 10:35 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - It was all about the draft Monday for the Pirates, getting 4 players in the first two rounds. Their first 2 from high school and later 2 from college.

The first pick is Illinois righty starter Quinn Priester, who is a self-described, self-learner by watching pitchers on You Tube.  MLB Network's Jim Callis says he is impressed.

“He does hit 97 (mph),” said Callis on the MLB Network. “Scouts will tell you, he has so much movement on his . . . 2-seam fastball at 92, 93 (mph) that they think it’s almost a better pitch . . . the curve is really good, so athletic, the delivery works well. I just think this guy has a huge ceiling.”

Priester is committed to TCU and played football as well in high school. 

The Pirates then selected with heir first compensatory pick outfielder Sammy Siani out of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. Siani hit .457 in 2019 with eight doubles, nine triples six home runs and 25 RBI in 32 games. He and was rated the 43rd best prospect in the draft.

Outfielder Matt Gorski out of Indiana was selected in the second round. In his junior year at Indiana he hit .271 with 13 double, a triple 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 55 games.

With their second compensatory pick, the Bucs selected infielder Jared Triolo out of the University of Houston. Triolo, a junior, hit .332 with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 44 RBI in 56 games.

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