PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pirates made their first selection in the 2020 MLB Draft.
Welcome to Pittsburgh, Nick!
— Pirates (@Pirates) June 10, 2020
With the No. 7 pick, the Pirates drafted New Mexico State infielder Nick Gonzales.
Ben Cherington’s 1st pick as Pirates GM is Nick Gonzales. New Mexico State infielder. His career average at NMST is just under .400. He is drafted as a SS @KDKA
— Rich Walsh KDKA (@RichieWalsh) June 10, 2020
In three years at New Mexico State, Gonzales has hit .399, including a .432 batting average in 2019. He added 16 home runs and 80 RBIs in 220 at-bats.
New Mexico State shared a video of the moment when Gonzales was drafted.
— NM State Baseball (@NMStateBaseball) June 10, 2020
With their pick in the Competitive Balance Round A, the Pirates selected South Carolina right-handed pitcher Carmen Mlodzinsk at No. 31.
Pirates take hard throwing RHP Carmen Mlodzinski with 31st pick. Considered to be the best pitching prospect in the Cape Cod League. Can hit 99 @KDKA
— Rich Walsh KDKA (@RichieWalsh) June 11, 2020
With the 31st pick in the #MLBDraft, we have selected Carmen Mlodzinski from the University of South Carolina.
Welcome to the Burgh, Carmen! pic.twitter.com/CKN3fIyM1f
— Pirates (@Pirates) June 11, 2020
This year, the draft is being held virtually instead of in Omaha, Nebraska due to the coronavirus pandemic.