BASEBALL: Former Griffin Breedlove picked by Pirates in MLB Draft

Former Los Al Griffin baseball player Lance Breedlove (LAHS ’08) was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round as the 706th overall pick in Wednesday’s annual Major League baseball draft.

Breedlove, who just finished an outstanding season at Purdue,  earned second-team All-Big 10 Conference honors and was named to the Big 10 Conference All-Tournament team after helping lead Purdue to its first conference title since 1909. He also became the first Boilermaker to be named Big 10 Pitcher of the Week three times in a season.

The former Griffin closed the 2012 season with an 8-6 overall record and 3.33 ERA. He struck out 76 batters and walked just 16 over 97 1/3 innings.

Prior to Purdue, Breedlove had played at Golden West and Long Beach City College.  At the former he got little playing time in 2009, then transferred to the Long Beach City where he earned first-team All-South Coast Conference honors as a sophomore for the Vikings in 2010. He compiled a 2-3 record with a 2.28 ERA in conference action and closed the season with a 2-4 overall record and 3.00 ERA.

Breedlove is the fourth former Griffin selected by pro teams in the last recent years, and the third by the Pirates organization, joining  Chase D’Arnaud (LAHS ’05, Pepperdine) and his former teammate Kirk Singer (LAHS ’08, LB State) who signed his pro contract after his junior season.  Another former teammate, Kyle Simon, was picked by Baltimore last season.

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