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Pirates take Belmont pitcher Coley in eighth round


Right-hander Austin Coley, from Belmont University, was the Pirates' eighth-round choice Friday in the First-Year Player Draft.

Coley is a Draft repeater, having been selected last June in the 27th round by the New York Mets.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, who turns 22 next month, had an abridged 2014 season after battling back from mononucleosis. He went 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA in 15 starts for Belmont, which is located in Nashville, Tenn.

Coley earned second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors this season.

Some project Coley, who this season fanned 85 in 82 2/3 innings, as eventually making an impact as a relief pitcher. As he has grown -- he was 5-foot-10, 155 pounds coming out of high school -- he's had to deal with some control issues, with a WHIP of 1.33 this season.

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.

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