Right handed pitcher Matt Pirro has become the first Wake Forest baseball player selected in the 2015 MLB draft, going to the Washington Nationals in the 21st round. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Nationals have selected a Demon Deacon.
Pirro struck out 71 batters in 73 1/2 innings, but also walked 55. His fastball maxes out at around 91-93, but also has some good stuff on his breaking ball as well.
He finished the year with a 3.67 ERA in 14 appearances, going 7-4. His .238 BAA was the second best on the team, trailing only Parker Dunshee. The 73 2/3 innings also was the most on the team.
The 6-1, 195 pound Pirro hails from Syracuse, New York, where he was a New York Gatorade Player of the Year Finalist in 2011.
Pirro is a third generation MLB draftee, with his dad Michael (Giants), and grandfather Joe (Cardinals and Tigers) also playing professional baseball.
We here at Blogger So Dear are proud of Matt and wish him nothing but the best in the Nationals organization!