West York grad Brett Kinneman selected in 7th round of MLB draft by Pittsburgh Pirates
A Pennsylvania team has selected West York High School graduate Brett Kinneman in the major league draft.
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Kinneman in the seventh round with the 204th overall pick on Tuesday.
Kinneman had been ranked the 148th-best player in the draft, according to MLB.com. That site also reported that the approximate slotted value for Kinneman's signing bonus is $215,500.
Kinneman is a 6-foot, 1-inch, 195-pound left-handed-hitting outfielder.
As a junior this season for North Carolina State University, Kinneman was named a third-team NCAA Division I All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
According to Kinnneman's father, Greg, Brett will almost certainly sign with the Pirates, rather than return to the Wolfpack for his senior season. Greg Kinneman, who is the Dallastown High School baseball head coach, said nothing was official yet on Tuesday evening, however.
Kinneman started all 60 games this season for the Wolfpack while posting a .274 batting average with 64 hits, with 17 of those home runs. He also drove in 61 runs and scored 52, while also posting 13 doubles and four triples. Over a 162-game schedule, Kinneman's numbers projected to 46 homers and 165 RBIs.
Kinneman started out the season on fire, getting named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Player of the Month for February. He tailed off a bit later in the campaign.
N.C. State finished 42-18 and saw its season end with Sunday’s loss to Auburn in the regional round of the NCAA D-I tournament.
Kinneman was also a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection this season. He also advanced to the round of 40 in the Golden Spikes Award selection process. That award goes to the top player in college baseball.
Kinneman was also previously named to the D1 Baseball and Perfect Game Midseason All-America teams. Kinneman earned National and ACC Player of the Week honors twice this year.
In 2016, Kinneman was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and made the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Burchett not yet picked: Another York County product, Red Lion High School pitcher Tyler Burchett, was also expected to be picked in the MLB draft. Burchett is a 6-foot, 6-inch, 220-pound right-handed pitcher, who was expected to go somewhere between the sixth and the 15th rounds.
Burchett had not yet been selected through 10 rounds and 314 picks on Tuesday.
Burchett, whose fastball has been clocked the mid-90s, has already signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Kentucky. He said previously that he would sign with an MLB team only if they offered him third-round money.
Burchett has led Red Lion (16-7) into the PIAA Class 6-A quarterfinals. The Lions will take on La Salle College High School at 4 p.m. Monday at Manheim Township High School.
For the season, Burchett is 6-1 with a 0.94 ERA. In 52 innings, he has 78 strikeouts and 16 walks. In a first-round state game on Tuesday, Burchett pitched a five-hit shutout vs. Bethlehem Freedom, striking out seven. Red Lion won the game, 1-0.