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Pitt baseball has three players selected in the 2017 MLB Draft

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Last month, I mentioned that Pitt was unlikely to have any high picks selected in the MLB Draft. That draft was held last week and, well, that proved true as the Panthers had no picks in the top 15 rounds. A few Pitt players did eventually get taken, however.

First off the board was pitcher Josh Falk, who went to the Oakland A's in the 17th Round.  Another pitcher, Isaac Mattson, went to the Los Angeles Angels in Round 19. Finally, pitcher Josh Mitchell was scooped up in the 22nd Round by the Kansas City Royals.

No position players were taken, which wasn't terribly surprising. As I wrote last month, Pitt had only one .300 hitter this season, and that was freshman Alex Amos (who was not eligible to be drafted). No one else hit better than .281.

Even the starting pitchers taken didn't have great seasons. I thought Mattson could have been first off the board as he was solid as a reliever. He led the team in saves (4) and had a 2.87 ERA. Perhaps most importantly to scouts, he averaged better than a strikeout per inning.

Falk and Mitchell were less impressive. Falk was 3-7 with a 3.92 ERA and Mitchell was 1-5 with a 4.61 ERA. Mitchell also allowed a team-high ten home runs. Teams are looking less at records and more at 'stuff', though, so it's not as simple as looking at even typically good indicators such as ERA. Records when playing on bad teams is even less useful.

So now the question is, will any of those guys be back to try to improve their draft stock? Falk was a senior, so he was gone for sure. According to Royals Review, Mitchell has already signed. Finally, while I hadn't seen if Mattson had signed or not, his Twitter account indicates he is a 'former' Pitt pitcher, so sounds as if he's gone.

Losing Mattson out of the bullpen hurts and even though Falk and Mitchell didn't have great seasons, it still means the Panthers will need to replace 2/3 of its main rotation. But overall, Pitt isn't losing the type of production they lost last year when five players were drafted. Three of those players were taken in the first 12 rounds, including a first-rounder and a fourth-rounder.

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