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NMSU’s Nick Gonzales among top picks in MLB draft, taken by Pittsburgh Pirates

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New Mexico State’s star baseball player Nick Gonzales.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — Major League Baseball’s amateur draft began Wednesday night with a New Mexico State University Aggie among the top picks.

Shortstop/second baseman Nick Gonzales was taken by the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates as the seventh overall pick.

The Slugging middle infielder has one of the best pure bats that was available in the draft, and it was not simply a product of being inflated by New Mexico’s high elevation.

He hit a Division I-leading .432 with 16 homers and 80 RBIs, and capped his big year by winning the Cape Cod League MVP award while hitting .351 in the wooden bat college summer circuit.

He got off to another torrid start this season with his short, compact swing, hitting .448 and leading the country with 12 homers, 36 RBIs, 67 total bases and 28 runs.

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