Pitt baseball commit and Malvern Prep right-handed pitcher Billy Corcoran, who was selected in the 2018 MLB Draft, will honor his commitment to Pitt.
Corcoran was drafted in the 36th Round by the Texas Rangers, but has forgone his pro prospects to come to Pitt starting this fall and play for Joe Jordano and pitching coach Jerry Oakes.
“I am very grateful for being selected in this year’s MLB Draft, and I want to thank the Texas Rangers for believing in what I can do,” said Corcoran. “I believe this is an important time in my development, and with that being said, I will be honoring my commitment to the University of Pittsburgh and Coach Oakes.”
Corcoran, a Milmont Park, Pa. native was a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention and All-Region first-team honoree. He was the second of two Pennsylvania high school Pitt pitching prospects to be selected in the draft, and along with top prospect Mason Ronan, both will matriculate to Pitt.
The Panthers had a total of seven players associated with the team selected in the draft. Senior Matt Pidich has signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Junior pitcher Yaya Chentouf has signed with the Detroit Tigers, while fellow underclassman Derek West has announced he’ll return to Pitt. Pitcher R.J. Freure (6th Rd — Houston Astros) and infielder Liam Sabino (35th Rd — St. Louis Cardinals) have yet to announce their intentions.
With the reaffirmation of Corcoran’s commitment, Pitt’s recruiting class has been solidified. Pitt’s class is currently ranked No. 48 in the country, with many drafted prep players still holding MLB offers.