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Pitt's Yaya Chentouf signs with Detroit Tigers

Michael Love
| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Yaya Chentouf, the all-time saves leader in the history of baseball at the University of Pittsburgh, has signed a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers.

He was selected last week in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft (1,065th overall).

Chentouf was the fourth Pitt pitcher taken in the draft and the fifth Panther in the three-day event.

He collected 16 saves for Pitt over the past three seasons. His 3.09 career earned-run average ranks 17th in program history.

This spring, he saved eight games, and that total ranks second in Pitt history for single-season saves.

He made 25 appearances for the Panthers and tallied a 5-3 record with a 3.73 ERA. In 41 innings, he struck out 45 batters.

Chentouf earned ACC All-Freshman honors in 2016 after leading the team with six saves in 16 appearances. He threw 24 innings that year and allowed just three earned runs and three walks with 17 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .232 batting average.

He also saw time in the outfield in his first two seasons with Pitt, owning a .225 career average with 34 hits, 20 runs, three doubles and 11 runs batted in.

Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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