Devine picked by Pittsburgh Pirates

Devine picked by Pittsburgh Pirates Dean Devine, a senior at The University of South Dakota, was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2002 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft held on Monday and Tuesday (June 3-4). Devine of Seneca, IL, was the first pick (number 673 overall) of the second day. He is the first South Dakota player ever to be drafted by a major league baseball club.

Devine had an outstanding senior campaign, hitting .385 with 47 hits in 122 at bats. Devine scored 40 runs, had 13 doubles and 1 home run along with a triple. He had 95 total bases with 28 bases on balls. Devine had a .779 slugging percentage and a .513 on base percentage. He also stole 10 bases in 12 attempts. Primarily a catcher, Devine threw out 14 would be base stealers. He also played shortstop, third base and pitched for the Coyotes, who finished 24-18 and 8-11 in the North Central Conference.

On the mound, Devine finished fourth in the NCC in home runs (11). In NCC games only, he led the conference with nine home runs in 19 games. In NCC only games, he was seventh with 22 RBI.

Devine heads to the Pirates, which had also had the first pick of the draft, selecting Bryan Bullington, a standout Junior pitcher from Ball State University. Currently, Pittsburgh is 27-32 and seven games behind Cincinnati in the National League.

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