Jun 6, 2012
Greenville, N.C. — Kevin Brandt, Jharel Cotton, Tyler Joyner, Corey Thompson and John Wooten each heard their names called Wednesday afternoon as they were selected on the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Amateur Player Draft.
Brandt, one of three hurlers taken on the day, was the first Pirate to be selected when the Tampa Bay Rays chose him in the 18th round (pick No. 572). Junior right-hander Jharel Cotton was taken in the 20th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers (pick No. 626), while fellow classmate left-hander Tyler Joyner heard his name called in the 35th round by the Kansas City Royals (pick No. 1063).
Third baseman Corey Thompson went to the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round (pick No. 951) andjunior John Wooten (1B/OF) rounded out the afternoon when he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round (pick No. 1129).
The five Pirates join senior catcher Zach Wright, who was drafted in the 12th round by the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday evening with the 387th overall selection, as selections in this year's draft. Also selected on the final day were ECU commitments Quinn Carpenter (Boston Red Sox, Round 27, pick 841 overall) and Justin Taylor (Boston Red Sox, Round 30, pick 931 overall).
With the new CBA that was signed in 2011, underclassmen and high school seniors will have until midnight on Friday, July 13 to sign professional contracts with the respective clubs that selected them.