Pitt seniors David Chester, John Schultz and Travis Whitmore were drafted on the final day of the MLB Draft, taken in consecutive rounds, beginning with Chester in the 33rd Round. Corey Baker rounded out the four, going in the 49th round.
The six draftees’ ties the school record for players drafted in one year, previously held by the 1996 squad.
A 2011 all-BIG EAST First Team Selection, Chester was drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the 1,012 overall pick. Following Chester, Schultz was drafted in the 34th round with the 1,033 overall pick by the Florida Marlins.
Whitmore became the fifth Panther to be drafted this season when he was selected by the San Diego Padres with the 1,073 overall pick.
Baker became the sixth player drafted when the St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 49th round with the 1,490th pick.
Also, Pine-Richland shortstop Zach LaNeve was selected in the 44th round by the Florida Marlins and Seneca Valley second baseman-outfielder Jack Graham was picked in the 50th round by the Chicago White Sox.
Former Seneca Valley player Tyler Bream, a third baseman at Liberty University and the son of former Pirate Sid Bream, was a 42nd-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Pirates added 20 players to round out their draft, beginning with catcher Derek Trent of East Tennessee State. Marshall centerfielder Isaac Ballou went to the Pirates with the 1,082nd pick overall. The only Pennsylvania product drafted by the Pirates was Tussey Mountain High School centerfielder Jordan DeLuca, taken in the 46th round.