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Pirates grab Delaware ace in ninth round

Pirates grab Delaware ace in ninth round

Pirates grab Delaware ace in ninth round

Chad Kuhl performed at the collegiate level, so it's just a matter of whether or not his skills translate to professional ball.

The Pirates selected Kuhl, a University of Delaware right-hander, in Round 9 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

Kuhl went 10-2 with a 3.75 ERA for the Blue Hens this season, striking out 76 while walking 31 in 105 2/3 innings -- a team-high. He became the first Delaware pitcher in more than a decade to win 10 games in a season. Kuhl was the team's No. 1 CAA starter.

The Bear, Del., native went 5-5 with a 4.42 ERA as a sophomore in 2012, and 1-4 with a 6.39 ERA as a freshman.

Kuhl earned first-team All-State honors in Delaware as a high school senior both on the mound and as a first baseman.

Steve Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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