Southpaw Watson was a record-breaker in Iowa

Tony Watson, LHP, Pirates
Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

Watson set a record in his home state, posting a 0.10 ERA during his senior year at Dallas Center Grimes High School.

The ERA was the lowest in Iowa state history, and Watson also posted three no-hitters in 2003 on his way to winning the Bob Feller Award for Iowa pitcher of the Year. Watson went on to pitch for the University of Nebraska, but not before being redshirted in 2004 for shoulder surgery.

Watson went 10-2 during the 2006 season, earning third-team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.

Watson was drafted by the Marlins in the 23rd round in 2003, and by the Orioles in the 17th round in '06. But the left-hander did not sign until the Pirates chose him in the ninth round in '07.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.