PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of five draft picks from the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
- Outfielder Connor Joe was selected 39th overall with the teams compensation pick they acquired from the Miami Marline in the Bryan Morris trade. Joe comes to the Pirates via the University of San Diego where he was named the West Coast Conference Player-of-the-Year for 2014 after hitting .367 with 21 doubles, nine home runs and a conference leading 51 RBI’s in 53 games.
- Outfielder Jordan Luplow out of Fresno State was selected in the third round. Luplow was a finalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award which recognizes college baseball’s “Breakout Player-of-the-Year” after hitting .377 with 21 doubles and nine home runs in 57 games.
- Catcher Kevin Krause was selected in the ninth round out of Stony Brook University. Krause was names the America East Conference Player-of-the-Year after hitting .354 with eight home runs and 51 RBI’s last year.
- Infielder Erik Forgione was the teams 25th round draft choice after playing at the University of Washington. Forgione was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player-of-the-Year after leading the conference in assists and ranking second in double plays turned.
- Outfielder David Andriese out of the University of California Riverside was chosen by the Pirates in the 30th round. Andriese was ranked as the 50th-best college senior in this year’s draft by Baseball America.
All five players have been assigned to the Jamestown Jammers, the Pirates short-season Class A affiliate.