A few days late on this, but the Major League Draft went down last week and several Pitt baseball players were selected.
All three were pitchers and going off the board first was Marc Berube, taken by the Oakland Athletics in the 28th round. Hobie Harris was next, going in the 31st round to the New York Yankees. Rich Condeelis was taken five rounds later in the 36th by the Minnesota Twins.
I haven't yet seen if any have officially signed with their new teams but only Harris was a senior. The other two were juniors last season and could return to Pitt if they haven't signed yet.
None of the three had big seasons for the Panthers in 2015. After a solid 2014 campaign where he posted a 2.70 ERA, Harris took a step back this year with an ERA just under 5.00 as primarily a relief pitcher. Condeelis was one of several pitchers for the Panthers striking out more than a batter an inning, but had a 4.37 ERA in 20 appearances. Berube was one of the team's main starting pitchers but was only 2-7 with a 5.10 ERA as batters hit nearly .300 against him. Pitt should be able to weather all three potential losses. While Berube's departure could leave a hole in the rotation, the Panthers have options to fill his spot, such as sophomore Sam Mersing, who was 3-3 in eight starts this year.
Great to see Pitt continue its string of having players selected and the program has sent several guys to the pros over the last few years.
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