The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted left handed pitcher Mike Jefferson in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft.  Jefferson was a college senior out of Louisiana Tech University, where he was the ace of the pitching staff in 2011.  He was coming off a season where he posted a 3.56 ERA in 86 innings, along with a 70:46 K/BB ratio.  He throws 90-91 MPH, and reportedly has a good curveball.  Jefferson was drafted in the 46th round by the Mets in 2010, but opted to return to Louisiana Tech, where he cut down on his walks and home runs in 2011.  He had one year of eligibility remaining, as he red shirted in his freshman year, although he decided to sign with the Pirates, rather than playing one more year.

I talked with Mike when I was in State College last week, discussing the day of the draft, his sk...

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