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MLB Draft results, Rounds 6-10: Pirates pick J.T. Brubaker, Mitchell Tolman

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I'll keep track of the sixth through 10th rounds here.

-P- In the sixth round, the Bucs took Jonathan Brubaker, a thin 6-foot-4 righty from the University of Akron. Neither nor Baseball America ranked Brubaker, but he's a junior, so the Pirates clearly think he's a prospect. Most reports about him elsewhere call him J.T. Brubaker. This report (which I can't vouch for) says he tops out at 94 MPH and is projectable, which makes sense given his size and the fact that he isn't from a baseball hotbed. This one suggests he sometimes has control issues (although he appears to have dramatically improved in that department this year) and throws a "pretty typical three-pitch mix."

-P- In the seventh, the Pirates grabbed junior third baseman Mitchell Tolman from Oregon, who Jim Callis immediately described as a potential utility player. Baseball America, which ranks Tolman the No. 463 prospect in the draft, says he has "average-at-best tools" but notes that he knows what he's doing with the bat. His numbers at Oregon are terrific -- he hit .325/.457/.468 with more walks than strikeouts. He hit reasonably well in the Cape Cod League also. A hitter from a major college program with those numbers should be able to handle the low minors, at least, but we'll see how he does in the higher ones.

-P- The Pirates took Florida Atlantic reliever Seth McGarry in the eighth round. McGarry is originally from Bradenton. rates him the No. 147 prospect in the draft and notes that a team could possibly use him as a starter, but he's had medical issues (his first couple years of college were interrupted by a stress fracture) and is probably more likely to stick in the 'pen. He can reach into the high 90s, and suggests he could make it to the majors rather quickly, which would be a neat trick for an eighth-rounder. Baseball America rates him the No. 270 prospect in the draft.

-P- In the ninth round, the Pirates selected Bret Helton, a righty from Utah. Helton has an unimpressive performance record, but he's a junior, so the Bucs likely view him as a prospect. Baseball America says he throws 93-94 MPH with a cutter and curveball, and that he recovered nicely after struggling in the middle of the season. BA ranks Helton the No. 448 prospect in the draft. He's originally from Colorado, but he's apparently not related to Todd. His father, however, is former San Francisco 49er Barry Helton.

-P- The Pirates selected Logan Sendelbach out of Tiffin University in the 10th round. The pick seemed to completely stump Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, and Sendelbach isn't ranked by or Baseball America. Sendelbach is a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher. He's a junior. The Baseball Cube didn't have any numbers on him, so I headed over to his page on Tiffin's website, which greeted me with about the most horrifying sound I've ever heard. Sendelbach pitched 57 innings this season, striking out 50 batters and walking 29. He's on Twitter here. Beyond that, who knows. This is a pretty out-there pick even by 10th-round standards.