Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clemson's Benson Is No. 1 Pick

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clemson's Benson Is No. 1 Pick

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Kris Benson, a Clemson pitcher selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the top pick in the baseball draft Tuesday, probably won't pitch in the major leagues until 1998 at the earliest.

"I haven't really set any timetables for myself. I just want to be up there as fast as I can," said the righthander, 21. "I don't want to be rushed, and I know they don't want that, either. From there, it's just how I perform. I'm going to have to let my arm do the talking."

First, Benson is concentrating on the College World Series, where he is trying to lead Clemson to the title. He is 14-1 with a 1.57 ERA for the Tigers, who play Miami today.

In 149 innings, Benson has struck out 193 and walked only 26.

The Pirates, whose last No. 1 pick overall was third baseman Jeff King in 1986, don't expect to see Benson in their minor-league system this summer. He'll probably be with the U.S. Olympic team.

While the first four picks were from colleges, 19 of the 30 players drafted in the first round were from high schools. …

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