Below are the Pirates 2011 draft selections who could potential play for the Spikes this summer:
Here are the new Pirate players who will potentially open the season on the State College Spikes roster:
Alex Dickerson OF (Third Round, Pick 1/Overall Pick 91) The Pirates are interested in the University of Indiana outfielder's bat, as that's the one tool that stands out for the left-handed hitter. He's got power, winning the Big Ten Triple Crown in 2010 as a sophomore.
Daniel Gamache 3B (Overall pick 182) Auburn University - Hit .365 with 15 doubles and eight home runs, driving in 37 runs as a sophomore at Auburn.
Taylor Lewis CF (Overall pick 302) University of Maine - Listed at 6-foot and 200 pounds, he was one of his team's best offensive performers in 2010 (.369/.428/.626, with 21 SB in 22 attempts), but his play has dropped off somewhat this year (.288/.370/.420, with 20 SB in 24 attempts). He is also the current holder of Maine's record for career triples, with 20.
Josh Poytress LHP (Overall pick 542) Fresno State University - Went 6-6 with a 5.87 ERA with 60 strikeouts as a sophomore for the Bulldogs. Poytress was a second-team All-WAC selection.
Alex Fuselier OF (Overall pick 632) University of Louisiana-Lafayette - Led the Ragin' Cajuns with 20 steals in 2010 as a sophomore, ranking in the top 5 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Michael Jefferson LHP (Overall pick 662) Louisiana Tech - During the 2011 season, Jefferson was 6-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 18 appearances on the mound. He allowed 41 runs (34 earned) on 79 hits in 86.0 innings pitched while walking 46 and striking out 70 on the year.
Jordan Cooper RHP (Overall pick 692) University of Kentucky - Cooper made 12 starts with two relief appearances as a sophomore in 2011. Cooper totaled a 3-2 record and a 4.61 ERA with one save, tossing 66.1 innings with 29 walks and 47 strikeouts. He was originally selected by the Pirates in the 17th round of the 2009 draft.
Brian Sharp SS (Overall pick 722) California Baptist University - Sharp is the program's all-time leader in runs scored (165) and stolen bases(89), and also ranks among the program's all-time leaders in hit-by-pitch (45-2nd), hits (208-4th), doubles (45-4th), triples (4-5th), total bases (327-5th), RBI (134-6th), walks (67-6th), games played (165-9th), home runs (22-10th) and average (10th-.354).
Josh Martin RHP (Overall pick 752) Samford University - Posted a record of 5-6 and an ERA of 5.72 in 78.2 innings of work as a sophomore in 2010.
Ryan Hornback C (Overall pick 812) San Jacinto College North (Texas) - Hit .310 in 2011 as a sophomore with three homeruns and nine steals. Hornback has a commitment to Mississippi, so he won't be an automatic sign.
Kirk Singer SS (Overall pick 872) Long Beach State University - Baseball America rated Singer the 56th-best prospect in southern California on the strength of his glove and good arm.
Matthew Benedict RHP (Overall pick 902) Western Carolina University - Benedict led all Southern Conference pitchers in earned run average during the regular season at 2.45 in 16 appearances including 11 starts. Benedict was also named to the second-team All-Southern Conference.
Derek Trent C (Overall pick 932) East Tennessee State University - A top 10 catcher coming into this past college season, Trent was a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench award in 2010. Trent but up solid senior numbers posting a .351 average to go along with 14 HR and 56 runs batted in.
David Jagoditsh RHP (Overall pick 962) Pima Community College - Jagoditsh is a 6'7 right hander from Marana, Arizona.
Chris Lashmet 3B (Overall pick 992) Northwestern University - Lashmet posted a .353 average along with three home runs his senior year.
Juan Rosado 1B (Overall pick 1022) LSU Eunice - Rosado set a Louisiana state home run record in high school, and was originally an 11th round pick of the Rockies in the 2010 draft.
Isaac Ballou OF (Overall pick 1082) Marshall University - Led the Thundering Herd as a sophomore with 18 stolen bases. Also drew 32 walks, while only striking out 28 times.
Rodarrick Jones OF (Overall pick 1112) Southern University - A former Astros draft pick in 2008 out of high school, Jones was a player with tremendous upside that many seemed to be waiting to blossom.
Douglas Crumlich SS (Overall pick 1142) Cal-Irvine - Crumlich hit .293 this past season with one homer and 27 runs batted in. He also played in the Alaskan Summer League.
Rand Ravnass OF (Overall pick 1172) Georgetown University - Ravnaas was one of the better hitters in the Big East the last two seasons. This past year, he led Georgetown with a .352 average and tied for the team lead with five home runs.
Raphael Rhymes 2B, (Overall pick 1202) LSU - Rhymes transferred to LSU in 2011 from LSU-Eunice. While with LSU-E, he put up some impressive numbers, with 12 homers, 15 stolen bases, and an impressive 9:20 K/BB ratio in 238 at-bats. With LSU he didn't see the same power, although he did manage a .360 batting average.
Jonathan Schwind C (Overall pick 1232) Marist College - Schwind is a versatile player. In 2010, he was one of two Red Foxes to start all 55 games, seeing action in center field, third base, right field, shortstop and second base.
William Argo OF (Overall pick 1292) University of Illinios - Argo broke the school record with 41 steals in 45 attempts, leading the Big Ten and ranking fifth in the nation as a sophomore in 2010.
Bobby LeCount 3B (Overall pick 1322) Edmonds Community College - LeCount was the 2010 Northern Region MVP as a sophomore in 2010.