With the final day of the MLB Draft upon us, the Pittsburgh Pirates have rounds 11-20 left to complete. The biggest pick so far in the draft was the Pirates’ first-round pick in Termarr Johnson, but the biggest story so far in the draft has got to be the Pirates’ taking a multitude of college pitchers. The Pirates are starting draft day three with pick number 320.
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Round 11, Pick 320: Dominic Perachi LHP from Salve Regina College
Perachi is a 21-year-old starting pitcher with an impressive strikeout rate over his two years in college, with 160 strikeouts in 100.2 innings. If you take Perachi’s Summer League numbers into account, too, we’re talking another 79 strikeouts in just 59.1 innings pitched.
Round 12, Pick 350: K.C. Hunt, RHP from Mississippi State
Not the greatest of numbers at Mississippi State with a 6.86 ERA in 42.0 innings pitched in his three years, but looking at his Summer League stats, they look much better. In 40.2 innings, Hunt put up a 3.32 ERA, struck out 53, and walked 14 batters. Hunt is 22 years old. Seems like yet another Summer League producer for Pirates’ general manager Ben Cherington.
Round 13, Pick 380: Miguel Fulgencio, LHP Cowley Community College
Fulgencio is a 23-year-old who hails from the Dominican Republic, and from the numbers we can see during his summer league play in 21′ and 22′, he pitched a combined 20.1 innings, struck out 30, walked six, and had a WHIP of 1.131. Fulgencio stands 6 foot 1 and weighs 205 pounds.
Round 14, Pick 410: Julian Bosnic, LHP University of South Carolina
Bosnic, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh native pitched two years in college and put up a fairly decent ERA of 2.51 in 57.1 innings pitched. Another fairly high strikeout guy, Bosnic, has struck out 85 during his time in South Carolina while walking 33. Bosnic now joins Justin Meis in 21′ as a Pirates’ draft pick from the Pittsburgh area.
Round 15, Pick 440: Josiah Sightler, 1B University of South Carolina
Sightler has the honor of being the Pirates’ first position player of day three. Sightler had a very good 2022 with the Gamecocks and slashed .300/.408/.629 with an OPS of 1.037. Sightler hit 15 homers and drove in 31 runs, with 11 doubles in 201 plate appearances. Sightler is a big 22-year-old weighing 234 pounds and stands 6 foot 5.
Round 16, Pick 470: Nick Cimillo, C Rutgers University
In 254 plate appearances, Cimillo slashed .385/.492/.707 for the Scarlett Knights and drove in a hefty 52 runs. Cimillo has shown some pop as well, with 16 homers and 18 doubles. During his entire time in college (four years), Cimillo has put up a 342 batting average with an OPS of .999
Round 17, Pick 500: Jaycob Deese, RHP from the University of Houston
Deese is a 22-year-old pitcher from Houston, Texas, and is another classic example of the Pirates looking at Summer League stats. During his time in Houston, Deese posted a 4.87 ERA in 151.2 innings. Deese, in the Summer League, pitched in 9.1 innings with a 3.86 ERA. Not a high strikeout guy with just 114 in college.
Round 18, Pick 530: Elijah Birdsong, RHP Pacific University
Birdsong is a 22-year-old California native who stands 6 foot 2 and weighs in at 200 pounds. Birdsong was primarily used as a reliever at Pacific until 2022. During his time at Pacific, Birdsong pitched in 71.1 innings and posted an ERA of 6.06. Birdsong finished third on the team with 55 strikeouts in 2022.
Round 19, Pick 560: Yoel Tejeda, RHP/INF, North Broward Prep
Ranked 217 in the draft, Tejada stands 6 foot 7 and weighs 210 pounds at just 19 years old. Tejada is already throwing 94 mph according to Perfect Game and is ranked 12th overall in the state of Florida. Pirates fans have been waiting all day for a potential over slot pick with a prep kid and Tejada may be just that kid.
Round 20, Pick 590: Joshua Loeschorn, RHP, Long Island University
The Pirates close out the 2022 MLB draft with yet another college arm. Loeschorn posted an 11-3 record with a 3.06 ERA in 17 games/16 starts with Long Island. He racked up 104 punch outs in 97 innings. The 22-year-old stands 6-foot-3 and checks in at 215 lbs.