Pitt pitcher Derek West, two teammates selected in the MLB Draft
Pitt redshirt sophomore Derek West was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 28th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, giving the Panthers three pitchers selected in the past two days. He joins reliever R.J. Freure (sixth round, Houston Astros) and Matt Pidich (eighth round, Cincinnati Reds), who were drafted Tuesday.
West made 13 appearances, with nine starts, this season after back-to-back injuries (Tommy John and knee) sidelined him during his first two years at Pitt. He threw five hitless innings against top-seeded North Carolina in Pitt’s pool-clinching victory in the ACC Tournament. He was the winning pitcher in a 5-4 victory.
“I had a rather unorthodox path coming back from two season-ending surgeries, to be able to come out this past season and fight alongside my team and then put myself in a position to play professionally is the best feeling there is,” he said. “I definitely want to thank all my doctors and medical staff who ensured I would be back on the field as soon as possible.”
“Derek has the body, the arm and the potential to be very effective pitcher professionally,” coach Joe Jordano said. “With this opportunity, if he chooses to sign, he will have some work ahead of him to get to a point where he can continue to progress through the Braves’ organization.”
Pitt infielder Liam Sabino went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 35th round. He’s the first Pitt position player drafted since 2016.
Pitt closer Yaya Chentouf went to the Detroit Tigers in the 36th round.
Pitt commit Mason Ronan was selected in the 29th round by the Boston Red Sox. The left-handed pitcher attended Penn Cambria and was taken with the 880th overall selection.
Malvern Prep right-handed pitcher Billy Corcoran, also a Pitt commit, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round.
Also, three West Virginia players were selected: second baseman Kyle Gray (14th round, New York Yankees), shortstop Jimmy Galusky (20th, Chicago White Sox) and right-handed pitcher B.J. Myers (35th, Tampa Bay Rays).
Penn State pitcher Justin Hagenman was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 23rd round.