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USC Senior Drafted by the Pirates on Saturday

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LOS ANGELES - Senior infielder Adam Landecker was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the 629th overall pick in round 21 on day three of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) was a 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection for the second time in his career, as he led the Trojans and finished second in the conference with a .351 batting average. Through 51 games he tallied 25 RBIs, two home runs, one triple and a team-leading 18 doubles.

Landecker has been a mainstay in the Trojan lineup since his freshman season in 2010, when he played 50 games. In his Trojan career, he appeared in 191 games, starting 178 of them. He boasts a career batting average of .311 and drove in 68 RBIs. He had 30 doubles, five triples and three home runs. His fielding percentage was .968 as he played all around the diamond during his career. He also had an on-base percentage of .394.

The last Trojan second baseman to be drafted was Joe De Pinto, who was taken in the 21st round of the 2011 draft by the Chicago White Sox. He becomes the 13th Trojan second baseman drafted since 1965. Landecker becomes just the second Trojan since 1965 drafted by the Pirates. Mike Garrett was drafted in 1965 by the Pittsburgh ball club.

Landecker graduated with a bachelor's degree in human performance in May 2013. reports that Landecker is a versatile player that makes good contact. As a senior, he will likely sign quick and play regularly for one of the short-season teams.

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