The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Henry Hirsch, their 22nd round draft pick from the 2013 draft. He has been assigned to the Gulf Coast League roster.
Hirsch pitched for the University of New Haven this season, making eight starts and three relief appearances. He went 4-3, 3.81 in 59 innings, with 60 strikeouts, a 1.44 WHIP and a .283 BAA.
Hirsch is the 18th player to sign with the Pirates from this year’s draft class.
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