PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted the son of former major league pitcher Rich Gale on Tuesday.

Christopher Gale, a right-handed pitcher from Oyster River High School in New Hampshire was chosen in the 30th round.

``He's a young pitcher who has definitely benefited from the tutelage of his father,'' Pirates scouting director Mickey White said. ``He was supposed to initially sign with the University of Virginia but we're hoping to persuade him during the summer and make him a Pirate.''

Rich Gale pitched in the major leagues from 1978-84 with Kansas City, San Francisco, Cincinnati and Boston. He had a career record of 55-56 and a 4.53 ERA. He lost the sixth and deciding game of the 1980 World Series to Philadelphia while with the Royals.