Pirates sign eighth-round pick Kevin Ross

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed Kevin Ross, the club’s eighth round selection in the 2012 First-
Year Player Draft.

Was a Rawlings preseason Central All Region first-team selection this year…Hit .436 with four home runs, 30 RBI and 16 stolen bases as a junior at Niles West High School… Was an all-state and all-conference selection his junior season…Hit .538 in the Area Code Games in 2011 and received the New Balance Kevin Youkilis "Heart and Hustle" Award for his Area Code Games performance and was named to the All-Area Code team at third base…Played for the Chi-Town Cream summer baseball team in 2010-11 as well as the White Sox' Area Code team and the Chicago Scouting team…Posted the highest batting average for Niles West during his sophomore season.