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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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.