The Pittsburgh Pirates today officially announced the signings of 21st round pick Alex Fuselier, 22nd round pick Mike Jefferson, and 33rd round pick Chris Lashmet. They also announced the signing of right handed pitcher Joe Parsons, an undrafted free agent from Virginia Tech.
We already knew about Fuselier and Jefferson, so the new announcements are Lashmet and Parsons. Lashmet isn't a surprise, as he was a college senior. He was a solid offensive performer for Northwestern for four years, but was never previously drafted. He doesn’t appear to have great power and is likely to be an organizational player.
Parsons went 7-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 75.2 innings this year for Virginia Tech. He had a 3.67 ERA in two years as a starter with Virginia Tech. He's reported to throw 86-90 MPH, with a good breaking ball....
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