DURHAM, N.C. – The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Duke signee Sam Siani with the 37th overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Monday.
Siani headlines Duke’s 12-member recruiting class in 2019. The Glendale, Pa., native is a four-year letterwinner at William Penn Charter, earning all-league honors all four seasons of his prep career. This past season, Siani hit .457 in 32 games, with eight doubles, nine triples, six home runs, 25 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in final high school campaign. The 6-0 lefty has hit .300 better across all four prep seasons.
A Perfect Game 2018 Underclass 1st Team, 2017 Underclass High Honorable Mention and 2016 Underclass Honorable Mention selection, Siani is rated as the No. 47 overall and No. 11 outfielder in the 2019 recruiting class. Perfect Game also lists Siani as the No. 2 overall prospect and top outfielder in the state of Pennsylvania.
The son of Ralph and Kristen Siani, Siani is the middle of three brothers. His older brother Mike Siani was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.