June 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State seniors Brett McKinney and Kirby Pellant were selected on the third day of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft Saturday. A day after senior right-hander Brad Goldberg was selected in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox, McKinney was taken in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates while Pellant was picked in the 26th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The three draft picks are the most for Ohio State since Alex Wimmers, Dan Burkhart and Zach Hurley were each taken in 2010.
McKinney, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, went 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 48.1 innings pitched over 26 appearances. A versatile member of the Buckeye pitching staff for the last four seasons, McKinney picked up 15 wins while posting a 4.63 ERA for his career. He sits in the Top 25 on the Ohio State career lists for appearances (77), innings pitched (243.0) and strikeouts (201).
Pellant, from Chandler, Ariz., was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 after hitting .301 with five doubles, three triples, two home runs, 20 runs scored and 15 RBI. He hit .286 with 11 doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 52 runs scored and 40 RBI in his two seasons in Columbus after transferring from Chandler-Gilbert CC. Pellant ended his career tied for ninth on the Ohio State career list with 43 stolen bases.