Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Pirates select Haviland in 48th round
The Pittsburgh Pirates run at high school pitchers continued late into the third day of the draft Wednesday when they selected South Fayette's Dillon Haviland in the 48th round.
Haviland, an often dominating lefty for the Lions, pitched South Fayette to the 2009 PIAA Class AA championship game and the top seed in this year's WPIAL playoffs. South Fayette was upset by Riverview in the first round of the playoffs. Haviland did not start that game but did pitch.
Considering Haviland was drafted in the later rounds, it is likely he will attended Duke University, where he received a baseball scholarship. Peters Township graduate Jim Gallagher played at Duke for three years before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the seventh round.
The WPIAL managed to draw a little attention Tuesday when Bishop Canevin catcher Patrick Leyland was drafted in the eighth round by the Detroit Tigers, who are managed by his father Jim Leyland.