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Pirates 2011 Draft Signings: Bucs Sign Josh Poytress, Jordan Cooper

The Pirates have signed three more draft picks: 18th-rounder Josh Poytress, 23rd-rounder Jordan Cooper, and 33rd-rounder Chris Lashmet.

Poytress pitched 79 relatively strong innings for Fresno State this year. He appears to be a prospect, as he was selected out of a good college program as a junior. He will probably head to State College, and we'll see whether the Spikes use him as a starter or as a reliever.

Cooper was a sophomore at the University of Kentucky; the Pirates had drafted him out of high school two years ago. His stats at Kentucky weren't particularly good, but he appears to have some potential as a ground-ball pitcher.

Lashmet was a senior third baseman from Northwestern and is probably not a prospect - he'll fill in at the lower levels wherever the Pirates need him.

4. Colten Brewer
6. Dan Gamache
10. Taylor Lewis
18. Josh Poytress
21. Alex Fuselier
22. Michael Jefferson
23. Jordan Cooper
24. Brian Sharp
29. Kirk Singer
30. Matthew Benedict
31. Derek Trent
32. David Jagoditsh
33. Chris Lashmet
41. Jonathan Schwind

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.