ST. LOUIS -- It wasn't just that Montana DuRapau took a rare path to reach Major League Baseball, having been a 32nd-round draft pick in 2014 out of Bethune-Cookman.
It's that ... man, was this guy really a ballplayer?
Not that stereotypes ever apply across the board, but the moment DuRapau, officially selected Thursday by the Pirates from Class AAA Indianapolis to help address a significant pitching shortfall, looked so terribly out of place in the Busch Stadium visiting clubhouse that his otherwise welcoming manager couldn't help but crack a joke about it.
“He looks like a college kid," Clint Hurdle would observe before the game against the Cardinals. "I asked him to come up to my hotel room today to meet. He shows up at the door, and I was going to ask him to take my bags and tip him $5.”
Hurdle also had plenty of praise for DuRapau, a 27-year-old righty who struck out 18 batters over 14 1/3 innings for Indianapolis, accompanying a 0.63 ERA.
“He’s been as effective as maybe any pitcher that we’ve brought up in recent memory, as far as numbers,” Hurdle said. “He's just continued to get outs throughout his minor-league career.”