June 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State right-hander John Kuchno was selected in the 18th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition, Tyler Hollick and Jacob Post, members of the Buckeyes' 2012-13 recruiting class, also were taken in the draft. Hollick was picked in the 14th round by the San Francisco Giants while Post was taken in the 29th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kuchno tied for second in the Big Ten with eight wins in 2012, posting a 4.38 ERA and striking out 59 in 74.0 innings pitched. The redshirt sophomore was even more impressive in Big Ten play, going 4-1 with a 3.89 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched. After starting the season in the bullpen, Kuchno found his spot in the Ohio State rotation, going at least six innings and allowing one earned run or less in starts against Toledo, Minnesota, Northwestern and Indiana.
In his two years at Ohio State after transferring from Wake Forest, the Ellicott City, Md., native has gone 9-8 with a 5.06 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 105.0 innings pitched.
Hollick, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, hit .475 with seven doubles, eight triples and a home run in 48 games this season at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona. The outfielder stole 61 bases, scored 58 runs and drove in 29 runs as Chandler-Gilbert finished the season with a 30-22 record.
Post, from Chesterton, Ind., went 7-2 while garnering all-conference honors as a junior last season. The right-hander was part of the Area Code Game roster for the Chicago White Sox and was a part of the East Coast Pro Showcase.
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