Pirates Sign Fourth Round Pick Jack Hartman

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday afternoon that they have signed fourth round draft pick Jack Hartman. He’s their third draft pick to sign, following first round pick Nick Gonzales on Wednesday and fifth round pick Logan Hofmann on Saturday.

Hartman began his college career at Tallahassee Community College as a position player, then moved to Central Florida (JUCO), where he pitched and hit in 2018. He moved to Appalachian State in 2019 and posted a 4.98 ERA in 21.2 innings, with 26 strikeouts. This season he had a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings, with 22 strikeouts, before the season was shut down.

Hartman sits 94-97 MPH in relief, with a slider that looks like a plus pitch at times. BA notes that he can be very inconsistent, which could be due to his limited work (55.2 career innings). He can have control issues at times and days where his fastball is his only pitch that works. He’s 6’3″, 212 pounds. Hartman turns 22 years old in two weeks.

We should hear his bonus information soon. As a senior, he’s expected to sign well below the $538,200 slot amount. I’ll post an update when we get the information.

Here’s the article announcing Hartman’s pick back on June 11th.

Here’s our updated draft tracker.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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