Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: Recapping 6th and 7th Round Picks
By Marty Leap
Pittsburgh Pirates go with another college arm in round 7
In the 7th round of the MLB Draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected University of Minnesota righty J.P. Massey. This continued Cherington’s clear provocative to add as many college arms as possible in this year’s draft.
Massey made 14 appearances for the Golden Gohpers this season with 12 of them being starts. Massey struggled to he tune of a 6.52 ERA while walking 39 batters in 59.1 innings pitched. He did, however, strikeout 63 batters.
As a professional Massey’s ceiling is likely that of a high-leverage bullpen arm. He struggled to consistently throw strikes in college, but he does possess a high-90s power fastball and a slider that has plus potential. If he can learn to throw more strikes, Massey can be a solid high-leverage reliever in the majors.
As the MLB Draft continues to carry on throughout the rest of today and into Tuesday continue to stay tuned here at Rum Bunter. We will continue to bring you draft coverage and information on each selection the Pittsburgh Pirates makes.