With the 100th pick, in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Fresno State outfielder Jordan Luplow.
Two weeks ago, Luplow was named the Mountain West's Player of the Year after a junior season in which he hit an astonishing .377 with nine home runs and 48 runs batted in. More recently, Luplow was the first Bulldog to be named a Louisville Slugger All-American since 2011, earning third-team honors.
For a program that will probably lose star recruit Luis Ortiz (a first-round selection by the Texas Rangers) before he ever dons the blue and red, convincing Luplow to stay would do wonders for the 'Dogs in 2015. Unfortunately, the man himself sounds determined to strike a deal with the Bucs:
What a journey. Thanks to everyone who supported me. So excited to be a Pirate! #Buc #Pirates #buchanan #dogs— Jordan Luplow (@J_Luppp) June 6, 2014
If he does sign with Pittsburgh, Luplow will part of an organization that has a bounty of up and comers just like him. According to Baseball Prospectus (membership required for full article), four of the team's top ten prospects roam the outfield