College hurler McRae drafted by Bucs to close Day 2

College hurler McRae drafted by Bucs to close Day 2

Alex McRae, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-hander out of Jacksonville University, was the Pirates' 10th-round selection Friday in the First-Year Player Draft.

McRae previously dabbled in pitching while serving most of his playing time as a corner infielder, but focused his efforts on the mound as a junior. He had a record of 5-7 with an unimpressive ERA of 6.06, but the Bucs obviously like his raw talent and view him as a classic project.

With McRae's selection, the Pirates concluded their phase of Day 2 of the Draft, which they focused on collegiate talent.

After having selected high school graduates with three of their top four picks on Thursday, the Bucs went on campus for seven of their eight picks on Friday. The lone exception was Nelson Jorge, a shortstop taken from Puerto Rico's International Baseball Academy.

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

One thing that did not change for the Pirates on Day 2 was their emphasis on position players. Even with McRae's selection, five of the Bucs' second-day picks were position players; of their dozen picks in the Draft's first two days, only five were pitchers, all right-handers.

The Pirates thus are on a different drafting kick than in recent years, when they concentrated their upper picks on pitchers, those "big arms" known to be favored by general manager Neal Huntington.

The only pitchers among the Pirates' top seven selections, in fact, were high school right-handers Mitch Keller and Trey Supak, chosen with picks Nos. 64 and 73, respectively, Thursday night.

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.