|22 Matt Pope
38th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft (Pirates)
Another pitcher with big-time projection, stands 6-foot-7 ... A native of Tennessee, is raw but has the ability to develop into a key member of the pitching staff ... Worked in four innings during the Fall World Series, striking out four ... Turned down the Pirates as a 38th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.
One of the top high school prospects in the nation, was ranked by Baseball America as the 10th-best draft eligible prospect in the state of Tennessee in the 2012 MLB Draft ... Also ranked as the No. 490 prospect available for the draft in the nation ... Was ranked ahead of proven collegiate performers Mike Yastrzemski, Connor Harrell and Riley Reynolds in the Baseball America state of Tennessee draft preview ... Played under coach Ryan Edwards ... Also played football all four years of high school...Drafted in the 38th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
Full name is Matthew Jake Pope ... Born July 5, 1994 in Johnson City, Tenn. ... Son of John and Judy Pope ... Has an older sister, Staci (22).