Five Pirates Selected In 2011 MLB Draft

UABSPORTS.COM Junior RHP Mike Wright was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round (pick 94) of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Amateur Draft.
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Junior RHP Mike Wright was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round (pick 94) of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Amateur Draft.
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June 7, 2011

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Shawn Armstrong, Seth Maness, Brad Mincey, Mike Wright and Zach Wright each heard their names called Tuesday afternoon as they were selected on the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Amateur Player Draft.

Mike Wright, a native of Laurinburg, N.C. was the first Pirate to be selected when the Baltimore Orioles chose him with the 94th overall pick in the third round. The right-hander is the fourth-highest overall pick in school history in regards to overall selection and the fourth Pirate to be drafted in the first three rounds.

Battery mate Zach Wright (Goldsboro, N.C.) was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round (pick No. 211) just before right-handed pitcher Seth Maness (Pinehurst, N.C.) heard his name called in the 11th round by the St. Louis Cardinals (pick No. 350). Redshirt sophomore Shawn Armstrong (New Bern, N.C.) was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round (pick No. 548) and Brad Mincey (Wilmington, N.C.) was the last Pirate taken on day two when the Florida Marlins selected him in the 28th round (pick No. 853).

Also selected in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft were ECU commitments Cam Gallagher (Kansas City Royals, Round 2, pick No. 65 overall), Deshorn Lake (Boston Red Sox, Round 12, pick 382 overall), Rookie Davis (New York Yankees, Round 14, pick 449 overall), Shawn Morimando (Cleveland Indians, Round 19, pick 578 overall) , Jharel Cotton (New York Mets, Round 28, pick 852 overall) and David Lucroy (Milwaukee Brewers, Round 29, pick 881 overall).

 

 

Shawn Armstrong - 2011 Biographical Sketch
Appeared in 19 games (six starts) posting a 3-1 record with a 4.63 ERA ... Struck out 50 with 22 walks in 44.2 innings ... Recorded lone quality start against Campbell (Mar. 1) allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits in six innings with four punch outs in first win of the season ... Fanned a career-best eight against Houston (Apr. 23) where he notched his second victory ... Struck out seven against Marshall (May 8) in his first relief win of the year ... Worked into the fifth inning in three of six starts ... Posted four or more strikeouts in four games ... Combined on three shutouts (Youngstown State/Feb. 20, Rutgers/Mar. 20 and Wake Forest/May 11) ... Allowed one hit or less in 7 of 13 relief appearances ... Listed as the No. 7 prospect by Perfect Game and No. 8 prospect by Baseball America in C-USA heading into redshirt sophomore season ... Career Notes: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 33rd round (pick 992) in 2008 ... Preseason All-America selection out of high school by Louisville Slugger and Rawlings ... Career Numbers:: 4-3, 4.45 ERA, 95.0 IP, 43 games (11 starts), 97 Hs, 60 Rs, 47 ERs, 39 BBs and 95 Ks ... Career-Highs - innings pitched: 6.0 vs. Campbell (3/1/11); strikeouts: 8 vs. Houston (4/23/11); walks: 3 (six times, last vs. Houston 5/25/11); hits: 7 vs. Cal State Northridge (3/10/10); runs: 5 vs. Cal State Northridge (3/10/10); earned runs: 5 vs. Cal State Northridge (3/10/10).

Seth Maness - 2011 Biographical Sketch
Named first-team All C-USA for the fourth time as a senior ... Earned C-USA All-Tournament honors for the second-straight season ... Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week and to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star team after tossing his first career complete game shutout against Pepperdine where he struck out 11 batters ... Hurled five complete games on the season (two shutouts) ... Also tossed a career-best 10.0 innings against Rutgers (Mar. 18) in a no-decision ... Started 15 games posting 10 wins for the second-straight season (10-3) ... Struck out 80 while walking just 17 in 105.0 innings ... Posted a 1.71 ERA ranking second in C-USA (all games) ... In his final two collegiate games (Southern Miss/May 27 and Navy/June 4) tossed complete games ... Fanned seven or more batters seven times with a season-high 11 against Pepperdine ... Worked into the seventh inning nine times ... Recorded a team-best 12 quality starts ... Ranked among league leaders (all games) in fewest walks allowed (first), wins (t-1st), opposing batting average (second), innings pitched (second), fewest ER allowed (second), fewest runs allowed (t-2nd), starts (fourth) and strikeouts (sixth) ... Currently ranks first among NCAA Career Active Leaders in wins (38) and sixth in strikeouts (334) ... Tied Conference USA's all-time record in wins (38) with his complete game against Navy in the Charlottesville Regional ... Recorded wins against Youngstown State, Pepperdine, Monmouth, Memphis, UCF, Delaware State, Tulane, Southern Miss and Navy ... Lowes Senior Class Award Candidate ... Preseason All-America selection by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), College Baseball Lineup and Collegiate Baseball ... Career Notes: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 43rd round (pick 1,247) in 2010 ... Ranks first all-time at ECU in wins (38), strikeouts (334), starts (61), innings pitched (411.2), hits allowed (429) ... Closed out C-USA career with a 24-5 all-time record ... Named 2010 C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year and 2008 Freshman-of-the-Year ... Selected five freshman all-america squads in 2008 ... Earned third-team all-america honors in 2008 by Collegiate Baseball and Ping!Baseball ... Four-time C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week ... Named 2008 ABCA All-Region Team ... Two-time Williams' Jungle Pitching MVP (2008, 2010) ... Career Numbers:: 38-11, 3.54 ERA, 411.2 IP, 66 games (61 starts), 429 Hs, 198 Rs, 162 ERs, 71 BBs, 334 Ks, 7 CGs, 2 SHOs ... Career-Highs - innings pitched: 10.0 vs. Rutgers (3/18/11); strikeouts: 11 (twice, last vs. Pepperdine 3/4/11); walks: 3 (six times, last vs. UAB 4/11/11); hits: 14 vs. Houston (5/21/10); runs: 8 vs. Alabama (5/30/08); earned runs: 8 vs. Alabama (5/30/08).

Brad Mincey - 2011 Biographical Sketch
Named second-team All C-USA ... Closed out senior season with a 1.57 ERA, which ranks seventh nationally (led C-USA) ... Appeared in a team-high 31 games (one start) where he posted a 6-4 record ... Struck out 55 while walking just 18 in 68.2 innings ... Allowed 20 runs (12 earned) on 61 hits ... Notched three saves (Southern Miss and Tulane/twice) ... Combined on two shutouts out of the bullpen (Youngstown State/Feb. 20 and Wake Forest/May 11) ... Tossed a career-best 7.2 innings of relief against Pepperdine ... All six wins (Pepperdine, High Point, Buffalo, Rutgers, Marshall and St. John's) were in relief ... Allowed one earned run over 36.0 inning stretch from Mar. 5 to Apr. 19 ... Sported an ERA of less than 1.00 from Mar. 5 to May 14 dropping to a season-low 0.36 against Memphis (Mar. 26) ... Allowed 7 of 33 inherited runners to score (21.2 pct) ... Worked at least two innings of relief in 15 of 31 appearances (five went 5.0 or more) ... Did not allow an earned run in 24 outings ... Tied career-high with seven strikeouts against Houston (May 25) ... Had multiple strikeouts in 16 relief outings ... Led C-USA in ERA, fewest earned runs allowed and fewest runs allowed, while also ranking among leaders in games in relief (second), fewest walks allowed (second), fewest hits allowed (fourth), opposing batting average (sixth), games finished (ninth) and wins (t-10th) ... Did not allow a home run in 68.2 innings ... Career Notes: Named second-team All C-USA in 2009 ... Ranks second all-time at ECU in appearances (100) and fourth in relief appearances (81) ... His 1.57 ERA in 2011 ranks eighth on ECU's all-time single-season list .. Earned C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors on Mar. 30, 2009 ... Career Numbers:: 22-13, 3.65 ERA, 249.0 IP, 100 games (19 starts), 4 saves, 1 CG, 272 Hs, 140 Rs, 101 ERs, 76 BBs, 191 Ks, 23 of 81 inherited runners scored (28.4 pct) ... Career-Highs - innings pitched: 9.0 vs. Binghamton (5/31/09); strikeouts: 7 (three times, last vs. Houston 5/25/11); walks: 5 vs. UNC Wilmington (4/27/10); hits: 11 vs. Binghamton (5/31/09); runs: 9 vs. Binghamton (5/31/09); earned runs: 6 vs. Virginia (2/21/10).

Mike Wright - 2011 Biographical Sketch
Started 16 games ... Posted a 6-4 record with a 2.79 ERA ... Struck out 75 batters in 100.0 innings (both career-bests) ... Had 10 quality starts (second on the team) ... Fanned five or more batters 10 times with a season-high seven against Memphis (5/26) and Houston (4/21) ... Picked wins against Youngstown State, No. 10 Virginia, Rutgers (twice), Delaware State and Tulane ... Worked into the seventh inning eight times with a career-best 9.0 innings against Houston (4/21) in a no-decision ... Allowed two or fewer walks in 11-of-16 starts ... Led C-USA in strikeouts looking and starts, while also ranking among the leaders in innings pitched (third), opposing batting average (third), ERA (fourth) and strikeouts (t-9th) ... Rated as the No. 14 prospect coming into the season by Perfect Game ... Has two career wins against nationally-ranked teams (No. 10 UVA/Feb. 27, 2011 and No. 22 South Carolina/June 1, 2009) ... Moved to Friday night spot during league play where he posted a 1-3 record in eight starts ... Allowed three or fewer runs in 15 of 16 starts ... Career Notes: First collegiate win was in the Greenville Regional Championship game against South Carolina on June 1, 2009 ... Two career regional appearances 9.1 IP, six strikeouts, two runs (both earned) and a 1.98 ERA ... Career Numbers:: 9-8, 4.40 ERA, 157.1 IP, 53 games (22 starts), 158 Hs, 92 Rs, 77 ERs, 44 BBs, 129 Ks ... Career-Highs - innings pitched: 9.0 vs. Houston (4/21/11); strikeouts: 8 vs. Monmouth (3/21/10); walks: 6 vs. Memphis (3/26/11); hits: 9 vs. Marshall (5/6/11); runs: 7 (twice, last vs. Rice 5/26/10); earned runs: 7 vs. Rice (5/26/10).

Zach Wright - 2011 Biographical Sketch
Earned second-team All C-USA honors as a junior after starting all 62 games behind the plate ... Two-time Johnny Bench Watch List Candidate (2010-11) ... Led the Pirates in home runs for the second-straight season with 13, which ranked third in C-USA (all games) ... Recorded five game-winning RBI with three in C-USA play during ECU's final at-bat on home runs (Memphis/Feb. 26, UAB/Apr. 3 and Marshall/May 6) ... Recorded a pair of multi-home runs games (Buffalo and UAB) ... Belted his fourth career grand slam against Campbell (Mar. 1) ... Recorded 12 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games ... Threw out 44.1 percent (19-of-43) base runners ranking third in C-USA (all games) ... Ranked among the league leaders (all games) in total bases (fifth), slugging percentage (ninth) ... Drove in three or more runs five times ... Career Notes: Owns single-season record with three grand slams in a season (2010) ... Recorded 25 multi-hit and 25 multi-RBI games ... Hit 30 home runs, which is tied for 11th all-time at ECU ... Nine career game-winning RBI ... Named 2011 Williams' Jungle Offensive MVP ... Career Numbers: .272 (114-for-419), 135 games (112 starts), 30 HRs, 93 Rs, 94 RBI, 26 doubles, 3 triples, 55 BBs ... Career-Highs - at-bats: 6 (twice, last vs. Houston 4/21/11); runs: 3 (four times, last vs. Delaware State 5/13/11); hits: 4 vs. Buffalo (3/16/11); RBI: 6 vs. Marshall (5/1/10); home runs: 2 (four times, last vs. UAB 4/3/11); stolen bases: 1 (nine times, last vs. Tulane 5/26/11).

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 - 162 - Philadelphia Phillies
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
Devin Harris - 2009 - 8 - 236 - Baltimore Orioles
Shane Mathews - 2007 - 8 - 249 - San Francisco Giants
Trevor Lawhorn - 2004 - 9 - 258 - Cincinnati Reds
Kyle Roller - 2010 - 265 - New York Yankees
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
Mike Aldridge - 1971 - 14 - 324 - New York Mets
Kelly Robinette - 1983 - 13 - 325 - Cleveland Indians
Darryl Lawhorn - 2004 - 11 - 326 - Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Wood - 2009 - 11 - 332 - Kansas City Royals
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
Raymie Styons - 1980 - 16 - 395 - San Diego Padres
Bill Wilder - 1982 - 16 - 401 - 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
Steve Godin - 1990 - 17 - 457 - Baltimore Orioles
Richie Blackwell - 1994 - 17 - 466 - Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Bishop - 2004 - 17 - 502 - Pittsburgh Pirates
John Poppert - 2004 - 17 - 504 - Montreal Expos
Jonathan Jenkins - 1990 - 20 - 519 - Chicago White Sox
Mark Minicozzi - 2005 - 17 - 522 - San Francisco Giants
Shawn Armstrong - 18 - 548 - Cleveland Indians
Stephen Batts - 2009 - 19 - 587 - Philadelphia Phillies
Bob Patterson - 1982 - 21 - 523 - San Diego Padres
Dale Mollenhauer - 2007 - 17 - 539 - Chicago White Sox
David Ritchie - 1989 - 21 - 541 - Kansas City Royals
John Williamson - 2001 - 18 - 549 - Seattle Mariners
Carlton Barnes - 1965 - 29 - 556 - Cincinnati Reds
Steve Salargo - 1999 - 20 - 607 - Baltimore Orioles
Bob Davidson - 1984 - 24 - 615 - New York Yankees
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 - 666 - 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 - 730 - 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
Brian Fields - 1997 - 30 - 907 - Milwaukee Brewers
Nick Schnabel - 2000 - 31 - 915 - Montreal Expos
Randy Rigsby - 1998 - 32 - 970 - Florida Marlins
Jason Howard - 1999 - 33 - 998 - Cincinnati Reds
Tim Langdon - 1990 - 39 - 1013 - Cleveland Indians
T.J. Hose - 2008 - 36 - 1098 - Arizona Diamondbacks
Jason Neitz - 2007 - 37 - 1117 - San Francisco Giants
Johnny Beck - 1994 - 43 - 1198 - Philadelphia Phillies
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