Nick Lodolo

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Nicholas Frank Lodolo

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Nick Lodolo was the last player drafted in the first round of the 2016 amateur draft, his selection being the 46th overall, in Competitive Balance Round A, by the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, he was the only player from that round not to come to an agreement on a contract, and went on to attend Texas Christian University instead (he had been drafted out of high school). He was the only one of Pittsburgh's top 14 picks not to sign, and as a result they received a compensatory pick in the 2017 amateur draft, which became a second round pick as there were only 36 first-rounders that year. In college, he continued to improve his stock and was considered a likely top-10 selection in the 2019 amateur draft, a prediction which materialized when the Cincinnati Reds selected him with the #7 pick. He was the highest-drafted pitcher that year, in a draft notoriously short on pitchers (there were only two among the first 16 picks, and 7 among the first 34).

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