Recapping the Pirates 2017 Third Day Draft Picks

The final rounds of the First Year MLB Draft were completed Wednesday. The Pirates took a selection of players from universities, colleges and high schools in the final day. Here is what you need to know about them.


ROUND 11 (328): Alex Manasa, RHP Jackson CC


Manasa proved to be a reliable two way player as a freshman in 2017. As an outfielder, he hit .410 with 16 doubles, three triples and three home runs over 183 at-bats. As a pitcher, he struck out 31 over 21.1 innings for a 1.27 ERA.


ROUND 12 (358): Hunter Wolfe, SS Walters State CC

Wolfe was a part of the 2017 University of Tennessee recruitment class and has three years of eligibility remaining. He lead Walters State with 19 stolen bases in 2016, hitting .393 with eight home runs.


ROUND 13 (388): Tristan Gray, 2B Rice

Gray ranked as the 97th best college prospect according to Fangraphs’ KATOH projection system. He shared the Rice team lead with eight home runs as a junior in 2017, including four in his team’s eight game playoff run. He started or turned 33 double-plays in 2017.


ROUND 14 (418): Chris Sharpe, CF UMass Lowell

Sharpe finished the year hurt, but still lead his team in batting average (.338), OBP (.432) and slugging (.685).


“Chris Sharpe getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates is a tremendous example of what hard work does,” said UMass manager Ken Harring through the school’s press release. “The Pirates are not only going to have the opportunity to sign a great player, but more importantly, a great person. We could not be more proud of his development.”


ROUND 15 (448): Gavin Wallace RHP Fairfield U

Wallace is the 189th best college prospect for Fangraphs. He showed great control as a junior, walking only 13 over 90.2 innings. He tossed seven complete games in 14 outings while leading all his team’s starters with a 3.08 ERA.


ROUND 16 (478): Hunter Stratton, RHP Walters State CC

Stratton told the Bristol Herald Courier that he will bypass a scholarship offer from Western Carolina University to sign with the Pirates. He went 8-3 with with a 3.93 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 66.1 innings in 2017.


ROUND 17 (508): Mason Martin, RF Southridge HS

Martin is ranked as the 312th best prospect according to Baseball America. He hit .507 as a senior. He signed a letter of intent with Gonzaga and has not yet decided if he will sign or go to school. “We have to see what the best offer is, and the pros and cons of each,” Martin told the Tri-City Herald in Washington. “As a family, we will be deciding on that. Both are great options.”


ROUND 18 (538): Shea Murray, OF Ohio State University

A pitcher turned outfielder, the 6’6” right-handed fifth-year senior had a .252/.329/.449 line in his first full season as a position player in 2017. He also lettered four years in basketball and two years in soccer at Defiance High School (OH).


ROUND 19 (568): Jacob Webb, RHP Pittsburg High School

The 6’4”, 185 pound righty tops out at 89 MPH, according to his NCSA Sports profile, mixing in a changeup and breaking ball. He already signed a letter of intent with Kansas State University.


ROUND 20 (598): Will Reed, RHP Harford CC

Reed is ranked as the 235th best prospect to Baseball America. He struck out 78 over 56.2 innings in 2017, going 8-1 with a 2.38 ERA. He has appeared both as a starter and a reliever.


ROUND 21 (628): Robbie Glendinning, SS University of Missouri Columbia

Glendinning is the first of four consecutive collegiate junior shortstops drafted by the Pirates. He finished third in the SEC with 37 double-plays turned. He hit four of his seven home runs this year against SEC competition.


ROUND 22 (658): Brett Pope, SS Western Carolina University

Pope started all 56 of his teams games in 2017. He led the team with 27 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games. He slashed .342/.399/.465 on the season. The junior swings left-handed.


ROUND 23 (688): Benjamin Bengtson, SS University of Hartford

As a sophomore, Bengtson was named First team All-Conference in the American East Conference. He hit .323/.401/.479 in 44 games as a junior in 2017. He made eight errors and had a .959 fielding percentage.


ROUND 24 (718): Nick Valaika, SS UCLA

Valaika is actually the fourth of his brothers to be drafted by a major league team. A hand injury held him to just 21 games played in 2017, and he only hit .225.


ROUND 25 (748): Eddie Muhl, RHP George Washington University

Muhl saved 11 games as a senior in 2017 with a 3.04 ERA. Though he is a reliever, he is able go multiple innings. In 24 appearances out of the bullpen, he racked up 47.1 innings.


ROUND 26 (778): Lucas Tancas, RF Cal State Long Beach

Tancas ranked 162nd on Fangraphs’ top college players list. He hit .304 with nine home runs over 230 at-bats as a junior in 2017. He also had a solid season in the field, picking up four assists with a perfect fielding percentage.

ROUND 27 (808): David Lee, RHP Florida

The 6’4” junior righty made just two appearances in his time at Florida.

ROUND 28 (838): Matt Seelinger, RHP Farmingdale State.

Sellinger posted a 1.39 ERA over 51.2 innings, striking out 69 and holding batters to a .159 average as a senior in 2017. He led the ECAC in strikeouts and opponents batting average and ranked fourth in the Nation in hits allowed per 9-innings (4.88), sixth in WHIP (0.85), ninth in earned run average and 16th for strikeouts per 9-innings (12.02).

He is the first player to ever be drafted from Farmindale State. His manager there was former Pirate catcher Keith Osik.

ROUND 29 (868): Brock Deatherage, CF North Carolina State

Deatherage is the 441st ranked prospect for Baseball America. The junior southpaw hit just .218 but had eight stolen bases and five assists from center.

ROUND 30 (898): Manny Bejerano, C Broward College

Bejerano caught 11 out of 35 potential base stealers as a sophomore in 2017. He also hit .283 ad did not give up an earned run in six relief appearances.


ROUND 31 (928): Jesse Medrano, 3B Fresno State University

Medrano recorded a 5.79 ERA in 17 appearances as a senior in 2017.


ROUND 32 (958): Hector Quinones, RHP Midway University

Quinones’ highlight of his senior season came March 18th when he threw a no-hitter and hit a grand slam in the same game against Ohio Christian. He went 5-5 record with a save and a 3.34 earned run average in 14 appearances in 2017.


ROUND 33 (988): Ryan Valdes, RHP University of South Florida

Valdes was limited to one pitching appearance as a senior due to an elbow injury. He went 5-4 with a 3.47 ERA as a junior in 2016.


ROUND 34 (1018): Mason Ward, LHP Kennesaw State University

The senior southpaw went 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 2017. He struck out 40 and allowed 13 walks over 49.2 innings, mostly as a starter.


ROUND 35 (1048): Drew Fischer, RHP Amherst College

The junior righty only went 25.2 innings over his six starts in 2017. He finished the year with a 1.40 ERA and 30 strikeouts.

ROUND 36 (1078): Ryan Hoerter, RHP Indian Trail High School

Hoerter’s Perfect Game scouting report says his fastball tops out at 90 MPH. The Auburn recruit also has an 11-5 curveball and a changeup that sits in the high 70s.

ROUND 37 (1108): Kyle Watson, SS Ole Miss

Watson only hit .173 on the year, but the junior clubbed a pair of home runs in two games in the NCAA tournament.

ROUND 38 (1138): Christopher Peurifoy, CF Georgia Tech

Peurifoy hit a career high seven home runs over 200 at-bats as a senior in 2017. He is a career .282 hitter in college.


ROUND 39 (1168): Mike Gretler, 3B Oregon State

Gretler was selected in the 39th round of the 2014 draft by Boston but did not sign. He posted a .300/.358/.448 line as a junior this year.


ROUND 40 (1198): Tyler Osik, 3B Chipola College

Osik turned 30 double-plays at third as a junior in 2017. He posted a .329/.429/.473 slash line.


Want to catch up on the other players the Pirates drafted? Read about the four high school players picked during day one here. Read about the seven collegiate players they took day two here.

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