Pirates sign nine players from 2016 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed the following players from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Joe DelliCarri, Pirates Director of Amateur Scouting.

Round | Name | Position | Height/Weight | School | Affiliate Assignment

5, Blake Cederlind, RHP, 6-3/190, Merced College, Bristol Pirates

Went 3-1 in 13 appearances (two starts) and 17 strikeouts in 21.2 innings of work in 2016 at Merced College..Was named the 2014 Central California Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year as a senior at Turlock (CA) High School…Went 8-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 52 strikeouts during his senior year of high school. 

6, Cam Vieaux, LHP, 6-4/200, Michigan State University, West Virginia Black Bears

Went 7-4 with a 2.28 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 87.0 innings in 15 appearances (14 starts) as a red shirt junior at Michigan State University in 2016…Was an All-Big Ten Freshman team selection in 2014 while winning the Steve Garvey Award as the most improved player…Was previously selected by Detroit in the 19th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

7, Brent Gibbs, C, 6-1/215, Central Arizona College, Bristol Pirates

Hit .396 with 11 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 38 RBI in 48 games in 2016 at Central Arizona College…Threw out 14 of the 30 runners attempting to steal against him in 2016…His .396 average in 2016 ranked 10th in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference…Was a 2013 Rawlings-Perfect Game honorable mention All-American.

8, Dylan Prohoroff, RHP, 6-3/215, Cal State-Fullerton, West Virginia Black Bears

Went 1-1 with three saves and a 0.68 ERA (26.1ip/2er) and 30 strikeouts in 20 relief appearances as a junior at Cal StateFullerton in 2016…Went 10-3 with a 2.16 ERA and 90 strikeouts while earning first-team All-League, first-team All-State, second-team All-American and Male Athlete-of-the-Year honors while playing at Fullerton College in 2015.

9, Clark Eagan, OF, 6-1/195, University of Arkansas, West Virginia Black Bears

Hit .298 with eight doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 37 RBI in 55 games as a junior at the University of Arkansas… Was a 2016 pre-season All-SEC second-team selection.

15, Danny Beddes, RHP, 6-5/235, Utah Valley University, West Virginia Black Bears

Went 9-4 with a 4.56 ERA (102.2ip/52er) and 99 strikeouts in 2016… Was a four-year starter at Utah Valley University and pitched at least 84.0 innings in his last three seasons… Was a first-team All-WAC selection in 2016… Led Utah Valley to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016 … Is the highest player drafted from Utah Valley since the program moved to NCAA Division I in 2004.

16, Matt Diorio, OF, 6-1/195, Central Florida University, West Virginia Black Bears

Hit .279 (38-for-136) with seven doubles, three homers and 22 RBI in 2016 while making 36 starts as an outfielder, catcher or designated hitter... Drove in a team-leading 15 runs during conference play... Appeared in 50 games while finishing in the top five on his team in batting average, slugging percentage and on base percentage (.308/.524/.429) as a sophomore. 

18, Kevin Mahala, INF, 6-3/180, George Washington University, West Virginia Black Bears

Hit .286 with four home runs and a team-best 47 RBI in 55 games in 2016 with George Washington University... His 20 doubles led the team, ranked second in the Atlantic 10 and ranked as the third-most in a single season in program history….

22, Brandon Bingel, RHP, 5-10/185, Bryant University, West Virginia Black Bears

Went 9-4 with a 3.77 ERA (74.0ip/31er) and 64 strikeouts in 14 starts in 2016 while also hitting .284 average (56-for-197) with 10 doubles, eight homers and 40 RBI.

The Pirates have now signed nine players from this year's draft.