Rob Biertempfel is reporting that the Pirates have signed their 22nd round pick, Mike Jefferson out of Louisiana Tech.
Jefferson, 21, is a left-handed pitcher who went 6-4 with a 3.56 ERA his junior year this past season. He seems to have some control issues as he walked 46 batters in 86 innings. He also struck out 70.
Here is what WTM from Pirates Prospects had to say on Jefferson:
Jefferson was the ace of the Louisiana Tech staff, as he made significant progress with the control problems he’d had in his first two years. He also cut way down on gopher balls, possibly with some help from the new bats. He’s never allowed a lot of hits. Baseball America ranked him the 32nd best prospect in Louisiana. He has a 90-91 MPH fastball and a good curve. He was drafted by the Mets in 2010 in the 46th round, but returned to school. He redshirted in 2008 and so has another year of eligibility left, but signed with the Pirates and should report to State College.
Jefferson becomes the 9th player signed by the Pirates from the 2011 Draft.
Pirates Prospects is reporting the Pirates have agreed to terms with 21st round draft pick Alex Fuselier.
Fuselier, 21, is a center fielder out of Louisiana-Lafayette and is expected to report to State College. He hit .308/.419/.467 his junior year with 4 homers and 14 stolen bases.
WTM from Pirates Prospects has this to say about Fuselier:
Fuselier’s numbers in college weren’t as impressive as what you typically see, but his school seems to have played in a slightly low-offense environment. He was the team’s second-best hitter in his junior year. He saw a spike in his power in 2011, mostly from extra base hits, which is notable considering the new bats. He also pitched some in college. He’s a good all around athlete, with a good arm, but will likely serve as an organizational guy in the Pirates system.
Fuselier is the 8th player from the 2011 Draft to sign with the Pirates.
Kristy Robinson first reported that the Pirates have signed 41st round draft pick Jon Schwind today. Schwind, 21, was drafted as a catcher by the Bucs, but has played multiple positions throughout his collegiate career.
Pirates Prospects says his signing bonus was $20,000 and that the Pirates will pay for his senior year of college ($41,000).
Schwind will start off his professional career in Bradenton for the GCL Pirates, where he should be able to put up some solid numbers going there as a college draftee. He is the 7th player the Pirates have signed from the 2011 Draft.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about Schwind:
Schwind is more of a player for next year’s draft, but he’s a good athlete with quick hands and a slashy swing at the plate. He has an above-average arm that should allow him to be a super-utility player at the next level, and he’s a plus runner.
Final: Indians 5, Pirates 1
WP: Josh Tomlin (8-4)
LP: Kevin Correia (8-6)
The Pirates’ bats fell silent again tonight, as they dropped the 1st game of the weekend series, thus snapping their 4 game winning streak. Kevin Correia was shaky, but kept the team in the game as he gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Resop entered the game in relief of Correia in the 6th inning with 2 outs and the bases loaded and did an excellent job to get out of it without allowing a run. Resop would then pitch a 1-2-3 7th inning.
The Pirates’ lone offense came in the 6th inning when Xavier Paul singled in Ronny Cedeno, who led off the inning with a double.
Daniel Moskos would allow 3 runs without retiring a batter in the 8th inning to put the game out of reach.
Paul Maholm will be on the hill tomorrow as the Bucs look to even up the series.