Kevin Krause, from one of the biggest little engines that can in college baseball, was selected by the Pirates in the ninth round of the First-Year Player Draft.
With the right-handed-hitting catcher from Stony Brook University, which advanced to the 2012 College World Series, the Bucs continued to load up on collegiate receivers. They had already chosen the University of San Diego's Connor Joe, who also plays the outfield, at No. 39, and earlier Friday had picked Florida catcher Taylor Gushue in the fourth round, at No. 131.
Krause rebounded with authority from a wrist injury that wrecked his sophomore season. As a junior, he hit .354, with an OPS of .991. He drove in 51 runs in 52 games, and had nearly as many walks (26) as strikeouts (28) in 236 plate appearances.
"A lot of people were watching to see if I could rebound strong," Krause told the Staten Island Advance last week. "I think I responded well and I was fortunate to have a great year."
Lest you think of a ninth-round selection -- Krause was overall pick No. 281 -- as an extreme long shot, consider that a recent pick in that round was on the PNC Park mound for the Pirates in Friday night's series opener against Milwaukee.
Brandon Cumpton, the team's ninth-round pick in 2010, led off the key set against the National League Central-leading Brewers.
And Cumpton was opposed by Kyle Lohse -- a pick by the Cubs in the 29th round in 1996 -- so keep paying close attention as the Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.
Krause, greatly disappointed when not drafted out of Tottenville High School, was eager to get the green light from a team this time around. He anticipated being selected within the first 10 rounds, based on his feedback from scouts.
"The Draft is very unpredictable and anything can happen, but I'm hoping to go that high," Krause had said. "I know I'm looking forward to being drafted and starting my Minor League career."
Krause was a freshman spark-plug on those 2012 Cinderella Seawolves, batting .330 and driving in 40 runs in 61 games to earn freshman All-American honors from Louisville Slugger.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.