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Pirates sign eight more draft picks

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Seven of the eight signees will report to State College this summer

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed the following players from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made Joe DelliCarri, the Pirates Director of Amateur Scouting.

Eric Wood 6th-round, INF, 6-2, 195, GCL Pirates
Hit .326 with 13 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBI this year at Blinn (TX) College...Was the first Canadian selected in the 2012 Draft.

Jake Stallings 7th-round, C, 6-5, 220, State College
Hit .297 (62-for-209) with 21 doubles, four home runs, 36 RBI and 41 runs scored in 55 games as a senior this year at the University of North Carolina…Earned All-ACC second-team honors this season..Threw out 32 would-be base stealers as a junior, which ranked third in the country among NCAA backstops.

Pat Ludwig 10th-round, RHP, 6-1, 185, State College
Is the highest selected player from Yale University since 2008...Led the team in strikeouts (64), ERA (2.73), and innings pitched (62.2)… Led all Ivy League pitchers in strikeouts and was third in ERA, third in innings pitched and seventh in opposing batting average (.256)

Dalton Friend 12th-round, LHP, 6-3, 230, State College
Went 11-0 with one save, a 2.94 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 46.0 innings this year at Jefferson College.

Thomas Harlan, 13th-round LHP 6-6 215 State College
Went 7-7 with one save, a 2.78 ERA (106.2ip/33er) and 85 strikeouts in 21 games (16 appearances) as a senior this year at Fresno State…Also took home second-team All-WAC honors in 2012.

Kyle Haynes 20th-round, RHP, 6-2, 190, State College
Posted a career record of 13-14 with a 4.34 ERA in 43 games (41 starts) during three-year career at VCU…Ranks tied for seventh in school history in games started.

Lance Breedlove, 23rd-round, RHP, 6-1, 180, State College
Was named a second-team All-Big Ten starting pitcher in 2012 while also being named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team…Went 8-6 with a 3.33 ERA (97.1ip/36er) in 16 starts as a senior this year and 11-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 40 appearances (20 starts) during two-year career at Purdue

Josh Smith 25th-round, LHP, 6-3, 194, State College
Went 6-4 with a 3.10 ERA (95.2ip/33er) and 77 strikeouts in 16 starts as a senior this year at Wichita State.

The Pirates have now signed nine players from this year’s Draft.

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