Pirates Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Matt Eardensohn as a Non-Drafted Free Agent

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Matt Eardensohn out of Coastal Carolina on Monday. The 23-year-old senior was teammates this year with Cody Wood, who was taken by the Pirates in the 19th round, and Jake Wright, who was their 32nd round pick. Wood has already signed, while Wright is a draft-eligible sophomore and hasn’t signed yet.

Eardensohn posted a 4.02 ERA in 69.1 innings this year, with 22 walks, 65 strikeouts, and a .272 BAA. Those stats are actually a big drop-off from his junior stats, when he had a 2.18 ERA and an .090 WHIP in 57.2 innings, with 51 strikeouts and a .188 BAA. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina, Eardensohn pitched two seasons at Iowa Western CC, where he threw a total of 60.2 innings. He has been used almost strictly in relief, making four starts total in his four seasons of college. He’s listed at 6’3″, 200 pounds.

The Pirates will be signing more draft picks tonight, so check back for those later. Here’s a video for Eardensohn, with an interesting choice of music for baseball highlights.

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