Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This is what happens when you don't sign projectable pitchers

The deadline to sign MLB draft picks is just a day away and I thought it would be a good time to show off an autograph of a former Pirates draft that didn't sign and is off to a great professional career.

Austin Kubitza was a 7th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Colleyville, Texas highschool in 2010.  That same draft class also produced Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Mel Rojas Jr.,  Nick Kingham, and Brandon Cumpton.  Taillon and Kingham are currently in the top 50 prospects in all baseball and Cumpton has done a very solid job of being a spot starter during injuries in the past 2 seasons.  Rojas looks like he will be a servicable 4th outfielder or a possible trade chip at this year's deadline.  The Pirates weren't able to sign Kubitza along wtih Dace Kim (6th rounder) and both projectable pitchers went off to college.  Kubitza was taken in the 4th round of the 2013 draft and has been incredible for the Tigers organization since being drafted.

In 115 innings pitched, he has 116 strikeouts to go with a 1.174 WHIP and 2.90 ERA.  He looks like he will likely be in the majors at some point during the 2016 season and if he continues this trend could be one of the top pitching prospects in the minors next year.

The above Austin Kubitza autograph was won for $1.79 delivered and is numbered 33/600.  Not a bad price to pay for an on card auto of a future big leaguer.

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