Pirates Select RHP KC Hunt with Their 12th Round Pick

With their 12th round pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher KC Hunt out of Mississippi State.

Hunt stands 6’3″, 200 pounds and he just turned 22 years old. He has struggled in three seasons of college ball at Mississippi State, with a 6.86 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and a 47:23 SO/BB ratio in 42 innings. This past season he had a 7.46 ERA in 25.1 innings. He pitched well as a starter in summer collegiate ball after this season, posting a 2.65 ERA and an 0.77 WHIP in 17 innings, with 26 strikeouts, so he’s had some recent success. He was going to start this season, but a February injury kept him out until April, and he returned in a bullpen role. He was not among the top 250 prospect for MLB Pipeline or top 500 for Baseball America.

According to reports, he throws 93-94 MPH and his go-to pitch is a slider.

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jtkuch

Apparently the C in KC is Clemente

Catch_22

Gotta be careful with that name

capirate

I always like to see the Pirates draft pitchers, but this is getting a little nuts. And they are almost all college guys. If they sign everyone, how are they going to fit them all on A-ball rosters next year?

dbsteel

At some point, don’t you need to draft success?

ravidesai1984

In the mlb.com draft tracker I found it amusing that he bats lefty but throws righty and then I remembered pitchers are never going to hit again so it doesn’t matter.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Alright. Now I feel like they’re just drafting a body type. Guy had near identical career innings in summer ball, as he had at Miss St.

roberto

Suggests some gambles coming on HS players.

PirateRican21

Hey TJ, is all on you to make this a good draft, apparently!

Colin

No love for Harrington or Barko?

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