Draft pick Gaffney considering return to baseball

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Tyler Gaffney, the Pirates' 24th-round Draft choice last June who has decided to return to Stanford for his final season of football eligibility, will consider resuming his baseball career following graduation, according to Larry Broadway, the club's director of Minor League operations.

"We have spoken with Tyler and he has decided to put his professional baseball career on hold in order to complete his undergraduate degree at Stanford and play his senior year with the football team," Broadway said. "He had nothing but positive things to say about the organization and would like to keep open the possibility of returning to the Pirates once he has completed his education and football career.

"We respect his decision, which was ultimately a difficult one for him to make, and wish him nothing but success and good health until he returns."

Gaffney, an outfielder, made a solid pro debut at State College last summer, batting .297 with an OPS of .924 in in 111 at-bats.