Matt Benedict was drafted in the 30th round of the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Benedict, a right handed pitcher, was a senior out of Western Carolina University, and signed quickly after the draft with the Pirates.  He was placed in the State College rotation, where he made the start for the home opener.  Benedict did well in his pro debut, pitching three perfect innings with two strikeouts.  He followed that up with another strong start, going 4.1 innings, and allowing one unearned run on five hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  I spoke with Matt a few days after his first start, talking about the draft, and about his pro career to date.

1. Did you do anything special to follow the draft?

Not really.  I just sat at home all day and watched draft tracker.  It was a pre...

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