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Pirates Organization Report

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Jared Keel could have been on his way to becoming a game warden in his native Florida by now. Keel graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Troy in May and had already been accepted into the Florida Wildlife Commission's warden program. For now, though, Keel is using a bat and ball in his first job out of college, as the Pirates drafted the third baseman in the 31st round this season.

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Pirates Organization Report

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Andrew McCutchen is finishing his first full season of professional baseball on a strong note, proving those four years of home economics classes that he took in high school were really worth the while. McCutchen, the Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2005, received a two-level promotion from low Class A Hickory to Double-A Altoona after hitting .291/.356/.446 in 453 at-bats in the South Atlantic League, including a .382 batting average in his final 12 games.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates