The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Shea Murray out of Ohio State this year in the 18th round and announced him as a pitcher. The 23-year-old right-hander spent this senior season playing outfield in college, but did put in 12.1 innings of pitching during his college career. He redshirted as a freshman, which accounts for the older age than your average senior draft pick.
The results weren't good during his brief time on the mound with a 10.95 ERA and 12 walks, but he did strikeout 17 batters, plus there is some big intrigue there due to the fact he hit 99 MPH during bullpen sessions. He's also an imposing figure on the mound at 6'6", 240 pounds, so along with some wildness and that fastball, that is sure to lead to some uncomfortable at-bats for the opposition.
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