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Bucs select Puerto Rican shortstop Jorge in Round 7

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Circling back to one of their historically richest talent sources, the Pirates selected shortstop Nelson Jorge of Puerto Rico's International Baseball Academy with their seventh-round pick Friday in the First-Year Player Draft.

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound switch-hitter, the 18-year-old Jorge became the second Puerto Rican player taken in the 2014 Draft.

Circling back to one of their historically richest talent sources, the Pirates selected shortstop Nelson Jorge of Puerto Rico's International Baseball Academy with their seventh-round pick Friday in the First-Year Player Draft.

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound switch-hitter, the 18-year-old Jorge became the second Puerto Rican player taken in the 2014 Draft.

Nineteen places ahead of the Pirates' No. 221 selection, the Phillies had picked Emmanuel Marrero, also a shortstop of Puerto Rican descent but drafted out of Alabama State University.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Jorge has soft hands. As he develops, he is expected to emerge as a strong candidate to switch positions, possessing an arm definitely strong enough for the outfield.

Regarded as a superior hitter from the left side, Jorge can still grow into more power, but right now he is a line-drive hitter who lives in the gaps.

Jorge, who has a commitment to Des Moines Area City College that should not be much of a barrier to him agreeing to a contract, is the Pirates' first draftee from Puerto Rico since 2008, when they selected Benji Gonzalez, also a shortstop and also taken in the seventh round from the Baseball Academy. Gonzalez became a Minor League free agent after playing 105 games last season with Class A Advanced Bradenton, and currently is playing Class A ball in the Padres' organization.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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