With the recent seventh-round picks early (yes, early...when a draft has up to 50 rounds, the seventh round is officially considered 'early') in the Major League Baseball Draft, I just mentioned how Pitt's baseball program is really headed in the right direction.
That can be considered even more so the case as the team placed a school record six players in all in the Draft.
It started with former football player and converted catcher Kevan Smith and pitcher Ray Black, those seventh-round picks. David Chester, John Schultz, Travis Whitmore, and Corey Baker were taken later in the draft as well. Baker is Pitt's all-time leader in wins with 24.
In addition, fellow senior Cole Taylor wasn't drafted, but he was signed by Traverse City of the Frontier League, an independent circuit.
And as head coach Joe Jordano mentioned, the program isn't only headed in the right direction because of the players taken in the recent MLB Drafts:
"Overall, I could not be more pleased with the results of the MLB draft," Jordano said. "I believe it’s an indication of the hard work and dedication that each of our players has come to expect and the belief in our coaching staff and program. I am confident, with the new Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex, that we are beginning a new chapter in Pitt Baseball history."
Looks like the future of the baseball program is in good hands.