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Mlodzinski taken in the first round by the Pirates

Former USC pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski has not pitched a full season since 2018. But he made enough of an impression on the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Carmen Mlodzinksi has his next assignment.

The former Gamecock pitcher was selected in competitive balance round A by the Pittsburgh Pirates on the first day of the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday night. Mlodzinski was the 31st overall pick in the draft and the highest Gamecock picked in the draft since Clarke Schmidt went No. 16 to the New York Yankees in 2017.

The Hilton Head, S.C., native, was 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched in the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. 

A foot injury cut his sophomore season short, when he made three starts, striking out 11 in 10.2 innings pitched. He made 19 appearances in his freshman season of 2018, earning the win in the Greenville Regional championship game against UNC Wilmington.