Erich Weiss plays the game like he grew up around someone who played it. That's because his father, Gary, spent parts of two seasons in the big leagues. The University of Texas infielder knows how to hit, with a quick stroke that allows him to send line drives to all fields when he's going right, something that didn't happen too much this spring.
Regardless, the Pirates selected Weiss in the 11th round with their first pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft -- 329th overall. He batted .299 with 24 RBIs and one homer, seven doubles and three triples this season for the Longhorns.
There isn't much power now, but he has room to add strength, so a bit more pop might be on the way. Weiss is a solid runner and plays the game the right way. The only big knock on Weiss is his defense, which is fringy at best.
Without a true defensive profile, he might best be suited for a super-utility role in the future.
Pirates tab Wallace's consistent bat in 12th round
Third baseman Beau Wallace did a little bit of everything for Hinds (Miss.) Community College this past season, so the Pirates made him their 12th-round pick (359th overall) on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft.
Wallace hit .321 with 33 RBIs and 40 runs scored. He had 17 extra-base hits, struck out 18 times, walked 17, and stole 17 bases in 19 tries. He was even plunked with a team-high 10 pitches in 43 games.
Wallace was a second team All-State selection in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
Before the 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder arrived at Hinds, Wallace batted .500 in his senior year for Warren Central (Miss.) High School and earned All-State honors. He scored 39 runs and drove in 16 more in 29 games.
Collins' bat on strong Troy team intrigues Pirates
Danny Collins' versatile bat certainly piqued the Pirates' interest. He hit .360 this season for a 42-20 Troy (Ala.) team, hitting 11 home runs and driving in 68 runs in 62 games. Collins slugged a team-high .631.
Pittsburgh made Collins, a first baseman, its 13th-round pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft Saturday, the 389th selection overall.
Collins was the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Most Valuable Player last summer. He batted .390 with 37 runs scored, 62 hits, 37 RBIs, 19 home runs and an .818 slugging percentage in 41 games -- the last two set single-season league records.
He also won the NECBL Home Run Derby and was named to the Perfect Game 2012 Summer Collegiate All-America Team.
Troy reached the NCAA Regionals this season, defeating Alabama twice before being eliminated by Florida State.
Pirates select young, raw Buckner in 14th round
Nick Buckner is a strong, athletic outfielder from North Shore High School in Houston. But at only 17 years old, he has raw tools and is still learning how to use them.
The Pirates took Buckner with their 14th-round pick, the 419th overall, Saturday on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Buckner generates good bat speed and won't get cheated at the plate. But he has a long, uphill swing, and scouts wonder if he will be able to make the necessary adjustments to allow him to make enough contact to use his raw power.
Buckner profiles as a corner outfielder. He has an average arm and needs to work on his defensive skills. He is committed to the University of Houston.
Pirates take Rossiter for second straight year
The Pirates drafted Max Rossiter a year ago, but he opted not to sign and returned to Arizona State for his senior year. Pittsburgh made Rossiter its 15th-round selection Saturday on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, the 449th pick overall.
The 5-foot-10, 184-pound catcher hit .272 for the Sun Devils this season, driving in 26 runs. He threw out 12 runners in 90 stolen-base attempts, appearing in 44 games behind the plate. In 2012, he hit .326 and slugged .449.
Rossiter was drafted by the Pirates in the 32nd round last season, and in the 46th round by the Rays in 2011. He lists Pirates catcher Russell Martin as one of his favorite athletes on his Arizona State profile.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.