PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of first-round draft choice Cole Tucker, along with seven other players selected in the 2014 MLB Draft.
The Pirates selected Tucker with the 24th overall pick in first-year player draft. The switch-hitting Tucker hit .404 with eight double, four triples, five home runs, 30 RBI’s and 13 stolen bases for Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona, this past season.
The Pirates Director of Scouting Joe DelliCarri had the following to say about Tucker in a team’s press release.
“Today is another great day in the process of procuring talent for the Pirates organization,” said DelliCarri. “We are excited to be able to have the opportunity to grow and develop the skillsets Cole Tucker brings to the game of baseball on and off the field. He is a very passionate and talented young man that we believe will flourish in our system.”
Tucker will begin his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Pirates.
The Pirates also came to terms with the following players:
- 4th rounder Taylor Gushue, a Catcher from the University of Florida
- 8th rounder Austin Coley, a Right Handed Pitcher from Belmont University
- 16th rounder Sam Street, a Right Handed Pitcher from the University of Texas-Pan American
- 18th rounder Erik Lunde, an Infielder from Lander University
- 19th rounder Carl Anderson, an Outfielder from Bryant University
- 28th rounder Nick Neumann, a Right Handed Pitcher from Central Connecticut State University
- 32nd rounder Montana DuRapau, a Right Handed Pitcher from Bethune-Cookman University
This now brings the total number of players the Pirates have signed from their draft class to 13.
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