Pirates Sign Four More Draft Picks

Benedict will start off with the State College Spikes.

The State College Spikes will be starting their season on Friday, and several players from the 2011 draft will make their way on to the State College roster this season.  Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times mentions that four 2011 draft picks are already in camp with the State College roster.

The four players mentioned are 24th round pick Brian Sharp, 29th round pick Kirk Singer, 30th round pick Matthew Benedict, and 31st round pick Derek Trent.

Sharp and Singer are both middle infielders, and both were drafted as shortstops.  Sharp had great hitting numbers in college, although he was two years older than his competition, after taking two years off from baseball out of high school.  Singer has a strong glove and arm, but didn’t have the best numbers at the plate in college, and really struggled in 2011.

Benedict and Trent are each college seniors who were expected to sign.  Benedict is a right handed pitcher, and will likely pitch out of the State College bullpen.  Trent is a catcher, and had good numbers in college at East Tennessee State University. He’s also played the outfield in the past, so he might see playing time outside of the catching position.

The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the moves.

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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