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Virginia Tech’s Chad Pinder (5) is batting .330 with 11 doubles, four homers and 37 RBIs this season. He was drafted 71st by the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
Friday, June 7, 2013
The Oakland A's chose Virginia Tech infielder Chad Pinder with the 71st overall pick in the major league draft Thursday night.
Pinder was chosen in the supplemental round which followed the second round. The All-ACC pick became the highest Tech player drafted since Joe Saunders was drafted in the first round in 2002.
Pinder hit .321 as a junior this year, when he moved from third base to shortstop during the season.
Houston selected hard-throwing Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the top choice in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night, a year after passing on the hometown kid and instead choosing 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico.
Appel, who grew up in Houston before moving to California when he was 12, slid to Pittsburgh at No. 8 last year but turned down a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford for his senior season. The move paid off.
After going 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106 1⁄3 innings this season for the Cardinal, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Appel is expected to fetch about $2 million more than he passed on with the Pirates.
With the No. 2 pick, the Chicago Cubs selected San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant, who leads Division I college players with 31 home runs this season.
Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray, who went the distance to beat Connecticut last Friday in the Virginia Tech regional, went third overall to the Colorado Rockies. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound flamethrower is 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 119 innings entering the super regionals. He throws a fastball in the mid- to upper-90s, reaching 100 mph at times with an effortless delivery.
North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran went sixth overall to the Miami Marlins. Moran was the ACC player of the year.
Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose team will visit Virginia in the super regionals, was picked 13th overall by San Diego.
Oklahoma pitcher Dillon Overton went in the second round to Oakland.
The 40-round draft resumes today with the third round. The draft continues through Saturday.
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