Pirates sign five draft picks

According to Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added five players from their 2010 draft class to the State College Spikes roster, which obviously means that those players have been signed.  The players are 20th round outfielder Justin Bencsko, 30th round catcher Matt Skirving, 32nd round third baseman Chase Lyles, 33rd round left handed pitcher Justin Ennis, and 34th round shortstop Kelson Brown.  Some information on each player:

Bencsko - The senior from Villanova hit for a .356 average in his senior year with 24 stolen bases.  Bencsko didn’t receive much playing time prior to his senior year, so he’s a bit of a wild card as to how he will build on his senior season.

Skirving - Skirving had a good sophomore year with Eastern Michigan, hitting for a .348 average with 16 homers in 201 at-bats, but he regressed in his junior year, with a .259 average and six homers in 205 at-bats.  The catcher is another wild card.  It would be great if the Pirates saw the return of the player from the sophomore season, but the junior season version of Skirving would be more organizational depth.

Lyles - In 220 at-bats with Northwestern State, Lyles hit for a .350/.436/.514 line with seven homers. Lyles showed some speed, stealing 34 bases in 43 attempts.

Ennis - Ennis is the second player drafted out of LSU-Shreveport by the Pirates, joining 18th round pick Chase Wentz. Ennis pitched 94.2 innings in the LSUS rotation this past year, with a 2.85 ERA, and a 92:32 K/BB ratio.

Brown - Brown had a good season at the plate with Linfield, hitting for a .443/.524/.731 line with nine homers in 201 at-bats, and 26 steals in 31 attempts. He also pitched 11.1 innings in relief, with a 14:10 K/BB ratio.

The article also mentions that Kevin Decker has been added to the State College Spikes.  Decker was the first player signed from the 2010 draft, signed last week.

The 2010 Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the moves.  The Pirates have now signed six players.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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