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Cards draft Pierce for pitching know-how

Selected by the Cardinals with the 245th pick, Andrew Pierce began his college career at Jones County Junior College and transferred to Southern Mississippi for his junior year. He became the Golden Eagles' ace and has pitched well over the last two seasons.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 165 pounds, the right-hander doesn't have ideal size, but he earns high marks for his pitchability. His fastball sits around 90 mph, and he can add cut or sink to it as needed. Pierce also throws a slider and a changeup, and he commands all three of his pitches well.

"One of, it not the top performer in college baseball this year from a pitching standpoint," said scouting director Dan Kantrovitz. "And to have a guy like that, who just mows down the competition all year long, available in the eighth round, is something that we weren't going to walk away from."

Pierce hadn't been drafted before, but he will be a solid senior sign this year.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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