June 5, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan signee and shortstop Kevin Ross (Skokie, Ill./Niles West) was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth round (256th overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday afternoon (June 5). Ross was the 256th player selected in the MLB Draft.
Ross helped Niles West to a 26-11 record and a Class 4A sectional semifinal berth his senior season. Ross, who was hitting over .430 heading into the postseason, was a 2012 Rawlings Preseason All-Central Region selection. He also was ranked No. 7 in the state of Illinois by Perfect Game heading into 2012. An all-state and all-conference selection his junior season, Ross hit .538 in the Area Code Games in 2011. He received the New Balance Kevin Youkilis "Heart and Hustle" Award for his Area Code Games performance and was named to the All-Area Code team at third base. He played for the Chi-Town Cream summer baseball team in 2010-11 as well as the White Sox's Area Code team and the Chicago Scouting team. Ross had the highest batting average for Niles West during his sophomore season.
The draft concludes this Wednesday (June 6) with rounds 16-40. The draft begins at noon and can be followed on MLB.com.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423