The Pirates selected Fresno State outfielder Jordan Luplow in the third round of the First-Year Player Draft, kicking off their Day 2 Draft activity on Friday.
A 6-foot-1, 195-pound right-handed hitter, Luplow was the Bulldogs' right fielder and No. 3 hitter.
He became the second collegiate outfielder picked by the Bucs, who on Thursday had made Connor Joe of the University of San Diego their Competitive Balance Round A pick between the first and second rounds.
The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.
Luplow is not regarded as a flashy attention-grabber, but he plays a solid, steady game and earned Mountain West Player of the Year honors this season. His .470 average in 30 conference games was nearly a hundred points higher than the second best, and he also led with 14 doubles.
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