Five Pirates Selected In 2012 Major League Baseball Draft

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Kevin Brandt was one of five Pirates drafted Wednesday afternoon
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Senior Kevin Brandt was one of five Pirates drafted Wednesday afternoon
UABSPORTS.COM

June 6, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Kevin Brandt, Jharel Cotton, Tyler Joyner, Corey Thompson and John Wooten each heard their names called Wednesday afternoon as they were selected on the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Amateur Player Draft.

Brandt, one of three hurlers taken on the day, was the first Pirate to be selected when the Tampa Bay Rays chose him in the 18th round (pick No. 572). Junior right-hander Jharel Cotton was taken in the 20th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers (pick No. 626), while fellow classmate left-hander Tyler Joyner heard his name called in the 35th round by the Kansas City Royals (pick No. 1063).

Third baseman Corey Thompson went to the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round (pick No. 951) and junior John Wooten (1B/OF) rounded out the afternoon when he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round (pick No. 1129).

The five Pirates join senior catcher Zach Wright, who was drafted in the 12th round by the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday evening with the 387th overall selection, as selections in this year's draft. Also selected on the final day were ECU commitments Quinn Carpenter (Boston Red Sox, Round 27, pick 841 overall) and Justin Taylor (Boston Red Sox, Round 30, pick 931 overall).

With the new CBA that was signed in 2011, underclassmen and high school seniors will have until midnight on Friday, July 13 to sign professional contracts with the respective clubs that selected them.

 

 

Kevin Brandt - 2012 Biographical Sketch
Started 16 games recording a team-best 13 quality starts ... posted a 7-6 overall record with a 2.12 ERA, which ranks 34th nationally ... Struck out 68 with 27 walks in 106.1 innings ... Earned First-Team All-Conference USA honors and was named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher-of-the-Year Watch List ... Four of six losses were in complete game efforts, where he dropped close decisions at No. 19 UCF (2-1), No. 7 Rice (2-0), Southern Miss (1-0) and Tulane (4-3) ... Fanned a season-high nine batters against Milwaukee in the season opener (Feb. 17) ... Struck out six or more hitters in six outings ... Worked into the sixth inning in 13 of 16 starts and eight or more frames in eight contests ... Set single-season record with three pickoffs against Marshall (May 4) ... Preseason First-Team All C-USA by league coaches, Perfect Game and College Sports Madness ... Rated as the second-best starting pitcher in C-USA by CollegebaseballInsider.com ... Ranks 14th nationally in starts (16) and 42nd in complete games ... Closed out senior season ranked among the C-USA leaders in inning pitched (1st), pickoffs (1st/9), starts (1st), ERA (3rd), wins (t5th), earned runs allowed (t7th/25) and opposing batting average (10th/.237).
Career Notes: Two-time All C-USA performer (2011-12) ... C-USA All-Freshman selection in 2009 ... Three-time C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week and two-time College Baseball Foundation selection ... Earned freshman all-america honors from Collegiate Baseball (first-team) and Ping!Baseball (second-team) in 2009 ... Williams Jungle MVP (2009) ... Spent three summers playing in the Cape Cod League.
ECU Career Numbers: 26-18, 3.16 ERA, 355.2 IP, 82 games (46 starts), 317 hits, 160 Rs, 125 ERs, 111 BBs, 272 Ks, 6 CGs.

Jharel Cotton - 2012 Biographical Sketch
Second-Team All-Conference USA selection ... Posted an 8-3 record in 15 starts with a 3.65 ERA ... Recorded six quality starts ... Tallied 62 strikeouts to 24 walks in 74.0 innings pitched ... Struck out a career-best 12 batters against Tulane (Apr. 29) ... Also had an 11-strikeout performance at No. 19 UCF (Mar. 25) ... Led the Pirates with eight victories, which was tied for third in C-USA and ranked 74th nationally ... Picked up wins against Milwaukee, Stony Brook, No. 16 Louisville, Penn State No. 19 UCF, Memphis, No. 7 Rice and Tulane.
Career Notes: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 28th round (pick 852) in 2011 ... Offered free agent contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 ... Named Coastal Plain League Rawlings Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week in 2011 ... Teamed up with fellow Pirate Austin Chrismon to lead Menchville High School to the 2009 National Championship (Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and USA Today).
ECU Career Numbers: 8-3, 3.65 ERA, 74.0 IP, 15 games (15 starts), 76 hits, 39 Rs, 30 ERs, 24 BBs, 62 Ks.

Tyler Joyner - 2012 Biographical Sketch
Appeared in 17 games (12 starts) posting a 6-2 record with a 3.01 ERA in 92.2 innings pitched ... Struck out 68 batters to just 12 walks, ranking 20th nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.67) ... Second on the team with seven quality starts ... Tossed consecutive complete games against UAB (Mar. 31) and Houston (Apr. 6) ... Named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher-of-the-Year Watch List ... Earned C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors after tossing his first career complete game against UAB ... Third on the squad with six wins ... Struck out a career-best eight batters against UAB ... Added a trio of seven strikeout performances against Oral Roberts, Penn State and Southern Miss ... Ranked 18th nationally in walks allowed per nine innings (1.17) ... Recorded wins against Milwaukee, Western Carolina, Oral Roberts, UAB, Houston and Cornell in the Chapel Hill Regional ... Worked into the seventh inning in seven of 12 starts ... Ranked among C-USA leaders in fewest walks (1st) and innings pitched (7th).
Career Notes: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 50th round (pick 1,505) in 2009.
ECU Career Numbers: 6-2, 3.26 ERA, 94.0 IP, 18 games (12 starts), 92 hits, 42 Rs, 34 ERs, 14 BBs, 69 Ks, 2 CGs.

Corey Thompson - 2012 Biographical Sketch
Second-Team All-Conference USA selection ... Earned C-USA All-Tournament honor after batting a team-best .583 (7-for-12) with three RBI and three runs in three games ... Batted .315 (76-for-241) with four home runs and 40 RBI ... Started 59 of 60 games ... Belted home runs against Old Dominion, Purdue, Penn State and UCF ... Scored 40 runs tying John Wooten with the team lead ... Drew 24 walks, slugged .419 and posted a .385 on-base percentage ... Led the Pirates with 12 multi-RBI games and 13 doubles, while ranking second with 23 multi-hit contests ... Recorded a team-best six game-winning RBI (Milwaukee, Stony Brook, Alabama, Houston, Memphis and VMI) ... Preseason All C-USA selection by league coaches and Perfect Game ... Recorded a pair of 10 hit games ... Ranked among league leaders in at-bats (4th/241), hits (7th) and total plate appearances (t7th/275) ... Closed out the season with an 11-game streak of reaching base safely.
Career Notes: Two-time All C-USA performer (2010, 2012) and two-time C-USA All-Tournament selection (2011-12) ... C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week (2010) ... Ranks ninth on all-time charts with 244 hits and a .342 average ... Recorded 74 multi-hit and 42 multi-RBI games.
ECU Career Numbers: .342 (244-for-713), 195 games (176 starts), 19 HRs, 143 Rs, 144 RBI, 42 doubles, 3 triples, 90 BBs, 17 HBP, 4 SBs.

John Wooten - 2012 Biographical Sketch
Named First-Team All-Conference USA as a junior ... Led the team in average (.338), home runs (nine), slugging percentage (.502), runs (50), total bases (119), while sharing the team lead in RBI (40) with Corey Thompson ... Became the first Pirate since Darryl Lawhorn (2003) to claim the triple crown ... Started all 59 games played (27/1B, 2/3B, 21/LF, 9/RF) ... Belted a home run in his final at-bat of the 2012 season ... Recorded three game-winning RBI (Old Dominion, Elon and Rice) ... Belted homers against Milwaukee, Old Dominion, Penn State, UAB (twice), Houston, Memphis, Southern Miss and North Carolina ... Established new career-high with five RBI at Memphis (Apr. 15) where he was 4-for-5 with a home run, double and two runs scored ... Recorded a team-best 24 multi-hit games, while ranking third with nine multi-RBI contests ... Posted a season-high 12 game hit streak from Mar. 11-30 where he collected seven multi-hit games and batted .429 (21-for-49) with seven doubles ... Ranked among the national leaders in hits (104th), home runs (130th), total bases (131st) and runs (133rd) ... Five of nine home runs were in league action ... Among the league leaders in hits (4th), total bases (4th), home runs (t4th), runs (t5th), average (7th), slugging percentage (7th) and at-bats (8th/237).
Career Notes: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 20th round (pick 594) in 2010 ... Played two summers in the Cape Cod League ... Named CCBL Hitter-of-the-Week after helping the Harwich Mariners to the 2011 league title ... Named to 2011 Charlottesville All-Regional Team ... All-Conference performer ... Named to C-USA All-Freshman Team in 2010.
ECU Career Numbers: .315 (222-for-704), 177 games (175 starts), 19 HRs, 125 Rs, 108 RBI, 36 doubles, 3 triples, 63 BBs, 11 HBP, 7 SBs.

Zach Wright - 2012 Biographical Sketch
Second-Team All-Conference USA selection ... Johnny Bench Award Watch List Candidate ... Closed out season batting .294 (62-for-211) with five home runs, 12 doubles, 39 RBI and 41 runs ... Swiped career-best 10 bases ... Recorded 15 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games ... Collected five game-winning RBI (Western Carolina, Oral Roberts, Houston, Marshall and High Point) ... Belted home runs against VCU, Houston, Memphis, Tulane and High Point ... Logged a pair of six-hit games and three five-hit contests ... Threw out 13 of 38 base stealers ... Ranked among league leaders in putouts (t5th/406), chances (6th/447) and fielding percentage (7th/.996) ... Preseason All C-USA selection by league coaches and College Madness Sports ... Had consecutive games caught behind the plate streak snapped at 83 against High Point (did not play on Mar. 21) ... Over last two seasons caught all 121 games played.
Career Notes: Three-time Johnny Bench Award Watch List Candidate ... Two-time All C-USA performer ... Owns single-season record with three grand slams in a season (2010) ... Recorded 40 multi-hit and 35 multi-RBI games ... Tied for seventh on ECU's all-time home runs list with 35 ... Played two summers in the Cape Cod League.
ECU Career Numbers: .279 (176-for-630), 194 games (171 starts), 35 HRs, 134 Rs, 133 RBI, 38 doubles, 3 triples, 84 BBs, 21 HBP, 19 SBs.

ALL-TIME EAST CAROLINA BASEBALL DRAFT HISTORY

Name - Year - Round - Pick - Team
Pat Watkins - 1993 - 1 - 32 - Cincinnati Reds
James Snyder - 1968 - 2 - 38 - Pittsburgh Pirates
Richard Narron - 1967 - 5 - 88 - Washington Senators (II)
Mike Wright - 2011 - 3 - 94 - Baltimore Orioles
Ricky Brooks - 2005 - 3 - 95 - Chicago White Sox
Tommy Toms - 1973 - 6 - 126 - San Francisco Giants
Ronald Staggs - 1975 - 6 - 130 - Montreal Expos
Greg Bunn - 2004 - 5 - 144 - Montreal Expos
Justin Bristow - 2008 - 5 - 161 - Chicago Cubs
Tommy Eason - 1991 - 6 - 161 - Philadelphia Phillies
Samuel Narron - 1966 - 9 - 171 - Atlanta Braves
Lee Delfino - 2001 - 6 - 181 - Toronto Blue Jays
Mike Christopher - 1985 - 7 - 181 - New York Yankees
Samuel Narron - 1967 - 12 - 187 - New York Mets
Zach Wright - 2011 - 6 - 211 - Philadelphia Phillies
Chad Tracy - 2001 - 7 - 218 - Arizona Diamondbacks
Vince Colbert - 1968 - 11 - 234 - Cleveland Indians
Devin Harris - 2009 - 8 - 236 - Baltimore Orioles
Shane Mathews - 2007 - 8 - 249 - Baltimore Orioles
Trevor Lawhorn - 2004 - 9 - 258 - Cincinnati Reds
Kyle Roller - 2010 - 8 - 265 - New York Yankees
Bobby Supel - 1977 - 265 - Detroit Tigers
Ryan Norwood - 2004 - 9 - 276 - Chicago Cubs
James Raynor - 1966 - 14 - 279 - Los Angeles Dodgers
Bobby Supel - 1978 - 12 - 287 - Atlanta Braves
Butch Davis - 1980 - 12 - 302 - Kansas City Royals
Kelly Robinette - 1983 - 13 - 325 - Cleveland Indians
Darryl Lawhorn - 2004 - 11 - 326 - Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Wood - 2009 - 11 - 332 - Kansas City Royals
Mike Aldridge - 1971 - 14 - 333 - New York Mets
Glenn Tucker - 2003 - 11 - 337 - Atlanta Braves
Seth Maness - 2011 - 11 - 350 - St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Heston - 2009 - 12 - 357 - San Francisco Giants
Mike Jacobs - 1994 - 14 - 383 - Boston Red Sox
Zach Wright - 2012 - 12 - 387 - Los Angeles Angels
Raymie Styons - 1980 - 16 - 395 - San Diego Padres
Bill Wilder - 1982 - 16 - 402 - Kansas City Royals
Corey Kemp - 2008 - 14 - 428 - Milwaukee Brewers
Billy Richardson - 2005 - 14 - 428 - San Diego Padres
John Rawls - 1965 - 22 - 435 - Baltimore Orioles
Sam Narron - 2002 - 15 - 442 - Texas Rangers
Richie Blackwell - 1994 - 17 - 466 - Pittsburgh Pirates
Steve Godin - 1990 - 17 - 472 - Baltimore Orioles
Matt Bishop - 2004 - 17 - 502 - Pittsburgh Pirates
John Poppert - 2004 - 17 - 504 - Montreal Expos
Mark Minicozzi - 2005 - 17 - 522 - San Francisco Giants
Bob Patterson - 1982 - 21 - 524 - San Diego Padres
Jonathan Jenkins - 1990 - 20 - 536 - Chicago White Sox
Shawn Armstrong - 18 - 548 - Cleveland Indians
Dale Mollenhauer - 2007 - 17 - 539 - Chicago White Sox
David Ritchie - 1989 - 21 - 543 - Kansas City Royals
John Williamson - 2001 - 18 - 549 - Seattle Mariners
Carlton Barnes - 1965 - 29 - 556 - Cincinnati Reds
Kevin Brandt - 2012 - 18 - 572 - Tampa Bay Rays
Stephen Batts - 2009 - 19 - 587 - Philadelphia Phillies
Tim Snow - 1988 - 34 - 903 - Milwaukee Brewers
Steve Salargo - 1999 - 20 - 607 - Baltimore Orioles
Bob Davidson - 1984 - 24 - 615 - New York Yankees
Jharel Cotton - 2012 - 20 - 626 - Los Angeles Dodgers
Dustin Sasser - 2007 - 21 - 637 - Chicago Cubs
Brian Cavanaugh - 2005 - 21 - 638 - San Diego Padres
Jake Smith - 2006 - 21 - 638 - Oakland Athletics
Clayton McCullough - 2002 - 22 - 664 - Cleveland Indians
John Gast - 1991 - 25 - 665 - Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Jones - 2004 - 22 - 667 - Oakland Athletics
Travis Meyer - 1995 - 24 - 667 - Los Angeles Dodgers
Billy Best - 1980 - 27 - 673 - Kansas City Royals
Fred Rodriguez - 1966 - 37 - 691 - Chicago Cubs
Mickey Britt - 1980 - 30 - 715 - San Diego Padres
Joseph Hastings - 2001 - 24 - 720 - San Diego Padres
Kevin Riggs - 1990 - 28 - 747 - Cincinnati Reds
Shane Mathews - 2006 - 26 - 776 - San Francisco Giants
Wayne Britton - 1965 - 56 - 790 - Baltimore Orioles
Jason Colquitt - 1998 - 27 - 807 - Detroit Tigers
Jamie Borel - 1994 - 29 - 809 - Detroit Tigers
Chris West - 1993 - 29 - 814 - San Diego Padres
Davey Penny - 2003 - 28 - 834 - Boston Red Sox
Brad Mincey - 2011 - 28 - 853 - Florida Marlins
Tim Flaherty - 1997 - 30 - 898 - San Francisco Giants
John Gast - 1990 - 34 - 903 - Cincinnati Reds
Brian Fields - 1997 - 30 - 907 - Milwaukee Brewers
Nick Schnabel - 2000 - 31 - 915 - Montreal Expos
Corey Thompson - 2012 - 31 - 951 - Chicago White Sox
Randy Rigsby - 1998 - 32 - 970 - Florida Marlins
Jason Howard - 1999 - 33 - 998 - Cincinnati Reds
Dustin Harrington - 2010 - 34 - 1030 - Chicago Cubs
Tim Langdon - 1990 - 39 - 1031 - Cleveland Indians
Tyler Joyner - 2012 - 35 - 1063 - Kansas City Roylas
T.J. Hose - 2008 - 36 - 1098 - Arizona Diamondbacks
Jason Neitz - 2007 - 37 - 1117 - San Francisco Giants
John Wooten - 2012 - 37 - 1129 - Oakland Athletics
Johnny Beck - 1994 - 43 - 1198 - Philadelphia Phillies
Seth Simmons - 2011 - 40 - 1204 - Arizona Diamondbacks
Seth Maness - 2010 - 41 - 1247 - Florida Marlins
Ryan Wood - 2008 - 42 - 1268 - Milwaukee Brewers
Kyle Roller - 2009 - 47 - 1413 - Oakland Athletics
Devin Harris - 2010 - 48 - 1458 - San Francisco Giants