The Pittsburgh Pirates announced six more signings from their 2017 MLB draft class Friday, including one headed to Bradenton. Shea Murray, an 18th-round pick from Ohio State, is joining the Gulf Coast League Pirates, a Rookie-level team based out of Pirate City.
Murray has become a project for Pittsburgh despite his collegiate experience because of a position change. Murray was primarily an outfielder for the Buckeyes, posting a .449 slugging percentage for OSU. He did, however, make three appearances as a pitcher during the 2017 season, and the Pirates will try to find out what the 6-foot-6 right-hander can do as a full-timer on the mound.
Murray is the eighth player from this year’s draft class to be assigned to the GCL Pirates, following second-round outfielder Calvin Mitchell, second-round pitcher Steven Jennings, compensatory-round outfielder Conner Uselton, 19th-round pitcher Jake Webb, 30th-round catcher Manny Bejerano, 32nd-round pitcher Hector Quinones and 33rd-round pitcher Ryan Valdes.
The Gulf Coast League begins play Monday. The Pirates’ Gulf Coast League team opens at home against the Tigers East squad. Game time is noon.
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No member of this year’s draft class has been assigned to the Marauders, Pittsburgh’s Class A Advanced affiliate.
8Players from the Pirates 2017 MLB draft class to be assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates. None have been assigned to Class A Advanced Bradenton.
Murray leads the latest list of signings, which includes five others headed to the Rookie-level Bristol Pirates of the Appalachian League. The group includes three pitchers and two position players, all five of whom have college experience.
Eddie Muhl, a 6-foot-4 right-hander from George Washington, was a 25th-round selection and racked up 11 saves in 24 relief appearances for the Colonials. Mason Ward, a 6-foot-4 lefty from Kennesaw State, posted a 3.26 ERA in nearly 50 innings for the Owls to become a 34th-round pick. And Drew Fischer, a 6-foot-3 righty from Division III Amherst College, was Amherst’s fourth draft pick in the past seven years after putting up a 1.40 ERA.
Kyle Watson, an infielder, leads the two position players as a 37th-round pick out of Mississippi. Outfielder Ryan Peurifoy rounds out the group as a 38th-round pick from Georgia Tech.
As of Friday, the Pirates had signed 25 of their 42 draft picks.