Philadelphia prospect Sammy Siani drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates

Sam Siani drafted by Pirates
Penn Charter outfielder Sammy Siani was sitting with his family on Monday night watching the MLB first-year player draft. He had a feeling he might hear his name called, but there was some uncertainty as to when.

Then it happened.

Siani watched as his name appeared on the screen, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 37th overall pick.

"Speechless," Siani said when asked of his reaction after receiving the news.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, he hits from the left side and projects as a toolsy prospect that benefits from extreme athleticism. He's committed to play at Duke University this fall.

Per MLB.com, the recommended slot bonus for the 37th selection is $2 million.

Siani hit .457 with six homers and 25 RBIs for the Quakers this past season. On the showcase circuit, he hit .625 with a pair of triples, a homer, and five RBIs while posting a 2.167 OPS in the WWBA World Championship this past October down in Jupiter, Fla.

"He has the raw talent to be something special," said one scout. "He does everything well on the field, plus he has a great attitude."

Siani's older brother, Mike, was drafted in the fourth round last year by the Cincinnati Reds.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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