"We feel really good," Pirates' GM Neal Huntington said after the first night of the Draft. "This was the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of great people doing really good things, many of them under the radar."
In round 11 the Pirates selected RHP Gage Hinsz, Montana HS. Hinsz, a power pitcher whose fastball has been clocked in the low- to mid-90s, ultimately turned down eight offers before tentatively agreeing with the Pirates in the 11th round when he was able to negotiate overslot bonus money. Hinsz has committed to play at Oregon State, but now must decide between playing in college or signing with the Pirates. Hinsz said the Pirates will give him four weeks to decide.
Bucs took SS Tyler Filliben, Samford in round 12. During the 2014 season, Filliben hit .293 for the Bulldogs. In 52 games, he had 51 runs, eight doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 43 RBIs and a .498 slugging percentage. Filliben was an All-Southern Conference selection after he missed the entire 2013 season with an injury and received a medical redshirt for his junior year.
Round 13 the selection was Frank Duncan a right-hander from Kansas University. Duncan closed out a stellar career at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks with a 2.58 ERA in 16 starts on the bump in his senior campaign. The San Francisco, California, native struck out a team-high 82 batters in a league-leading 118 2/3 innings pitched, while holding opponents to a .250 batting average.
The Pirates chose third baseman Chase Simpson from Wichita State in round 14. Simpson, a junior third baseman from Flower Mound, Texas, hit .258 with 28 runs, 54 hits, 14 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 41 RBI. He earned second team all-Valley honors.
In round 15 the Bucs tabbed RHP Eric Dorsch, Kent State. Dorsch led Kent State in saves in 2014, finishing with 10 and a 3.56 ERA in 30.1 innings with 10 walks and 27 strikeouts. In his three-year career, the Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, native posted a 3.48 ERA with a 5-7 record, 15 saves, 43 walks and 85 strikeouts in 82.2 innings. The tall right-handed reliever was also drafted in 2013 in the 21st round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Rest of the Pirates draft picks.
16. RHP Sam Street, Texas-Pan American.
17. RHP Michael Clemens McNeese State (LA)
18. 2B Erik Lunde Lander University (SC)
19. CF Carl Anderson Bryant University (RI)
20. LHP John Sever Bethune-Cookman University (FL)
21. OF Eric Thomas Jr., Texas HS
22. RHP Eric Karch Pepperdine University (CA)
23. LHP Zach Warren, New Jersey HS
24. 3B Denis Karas, California HS
25. SS Erik Forgione Washington (WA)
26. RF Jerrick Suiter TCU (TX)
27. RHP Jess Amedee University of Texas - Arlington (TX)
28. RHP Nicholas Neumann Central Connecticut St U (CT)
29. 2B Zachary Lucas Louisville (KY)
30. RF David Andriese University of California - Riverside (CA)
32. RHP Montana DuRapau Bethune-Cookman University (FL)
33. RHP Zach Lewis Wabash Valley College (IL)
34. RHP Colin Welmon Loyola Marymount University (CA)
35. RHP Chris Eades Delgado Col (LA)
36. RHP William Betts Chipola College (FL
38. C Paul DeJong Illinois State (IL)
39. 3B Daniel Keating Gulfport HS (MS)
40. 2B Tyler Brown College of Southern Nevada (NV)< /p>