Pirates Sign Chris Lashmet, Joe Parsons

Lashmet has signed with the Pirates.

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.

  • How is almost every player we drafted going to be organizational  player?

    • I was thinking the same thing when I read you’re post.

      It seems like the more I follow the farm system the more I get discouraged.

      All our corner positions are filled with single hitters that strike out alot and don’t walk.
      All our Pitchers get shelled or when they don’t give up a hit they walk him instead.

      I appreciate that the Pirates are spending money in the draft but I think their evaluations suck.

    • Most of the players who have signed are late round picks.  Late round picks typically project as organizational fillers.  The early round picks are where the strong prospects typically come from.  Or the late round over-slot guys.  It’s too early for the Pirates to have signed a bunch of players from either group.