Rockies draft Pierpont

Published Jun 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm (Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm)

The Colorado Rockies drafted Matt Pierpont. The Canonsburg native was selected June 8 in the 26th round of the 2013 Major League Draft. The 6-2, 215-pound right-handed pitcher was the 769th overall pick.

He had his finest year this past season as he compiled a 3.38 earned run average and finished with a 4-5 record as Winthrop University’s’s No. 1 weekend starter. He made 13 appearances, all as a starter,and had two complete games as he led the staff in innings pitched (90.2) and strikeouts (80).

Over his four-year career, Pierpont had a 12-19 record and recorded 206 strikouts in 258.1 innings.

A Canon-McMillan High School product, he helped lead the Big Macs to the 2008 Quad A Pennsylvania State Championship.

Named the Observer Reporter Player of the Year in 2009, he also gained All-WPIAL honors that season. A two-time all-section performer, he was named to the All-State team in 2008.

His two-year career statistics include a .445 batting average, 15 doubles, seven home runs and 43 RBI. Pierpont also owns a 6-1 record on the mound with a 3.25 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 51 innings.

The 22-year-old son of Gary and Rena Pierpont received a degree in exercise science in May.

Happ honored

Ian Happ of Mt. Lebanon) has been named a 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American.

The University of Cincinnati freshman started all 56 games for the Bearcats and led the team with 41 runs scored, 13 doubles, six homeruns and 47 walks. He recorded a team-high .322 batting average, .483 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage. His 47 walks led the BIG EAST Conference while he placed fifth with 25 stolen bases.

Happ becomes the eighth Cincinnati player to earn Freshman All-America honors and the third since 2010.

A four-year letterwinner in high school, Happ guided Mt. Lebanon to a top eight finish in the PIAA. He accumulated a .449 career average with 33 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs and 65 RBIs in four seasons.

The two-year team captain earned Almanac Diamond Dozen honors from Rookie of the Year to MVP and gained all-section laurels as well as all-WPIAL his senior season. He was nominated for the New York Yankees East Coast Pro Showcase/Area Code game in 2011 and received a 2012 Rawlings All-Atlantic Region honorable mention from Perfect Game.

The 18-year-old son of Keith and Mary Beth Happ is an economincs major. His brother, Chris, played baseball at Duquesne from 2006 through 2010.

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