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MLB Draft 2017: Pirates roundup, Picks 31-40

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31st round (928 overall): Jesse Medrano, 3B, Fresno State U: Senior. Hit .346/.390/.543 with seven homers for the Bullldogs. ... Q&A.

32nd round (958): Hector Quinones, RHP, Midway (Ky.) U: Senior from Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. ... Also played first base. ... First draft pick out of first-year Midway program. ... Threw a no-hitter on March 18.

33rd round (988): Ryan Valdes, RHP, U. of South Florida: Ranked 145th on Baseball America’s Florida draft prospects list. ... Fifth-year senior. ... Pitched mainly out of the Bulls’ ‘pen this year (56 K, 28 BB, 59 2-3 IP). ... Underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016.

34th round (1,018): Mason Ward, LHP, Kennesaw State U: 6’4” senior. ... Moved to the rotation this season after pitching mainly out of the Owls’ bullpen for three years.

35th round (1,048): Drew Fischer, RHP, Amherst (Mass.) Coll: Ranked 32nd on BA’s New England list. ... Junior. ... 10.52 K/9, 1.40 ERA this year. ... Pirates GM Neal Huntington played four years for Amherst. ... Amherst press release.

36th round (1,078): Ryan Hoerter, RHP, Indian Trail HS, Wis: Late-round flier. Committed to Auburn. ... 87-90 MPH fastball with curve and change. ... Video.

37th round (1,108): Kyle Watson, SS, U. of Mississippi: Junior. ... Has not hit at Ole Miss. Posted an ugly .173/.273/.267 line this year. ... Calling card appears to be speed (22-for-27 in steals in college career). ... Ran into a wall.

38th round (1,138): Christopher (Ryan) Peurifoy, CF, Georgia Tech: Goes by Ryan. ... Senior. ... Bounced back offensively after down junior year.

39th round (1,168): Mike Gretler, 3B, Oregon State U: Junior, possible flier. ... Also drafted in 39th round out of high school, by Red Sox in 2014. ... Story from our Oregon State friends.

40th round (1,198): Tyler Osik, 3B, Chipola (Fla.) Coll: Son of former Pirates catcher (and occasional third baseman) Keith Osik. (Keith Osik is the head coach at Farmingdale State, where the Pirates got 28th-rounder Matt Seelinger.) ... Video.