Pirates sign 18th rounder Josh Poytress

The Pirates announced this afternoon that they have signed their 18th round pick from the 2011 Draft, LHP Josh Poytress.

Poytress is coming off a year where he went 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA for Fresno State as a junior. He struck out 56 and walked 17 in 79 innings pitched. He did not allow a single home run the entire season, either.

Here’s what WTM at Pirates Prospects has to say on Poytress:

Poytress was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 16th round out of high school, but chose to go to Fresno State.  He sits in the upper 80s with his fastball, and tops out at 92.  He also throws a slider and a changeup, with improved command this year.  He put up his best results in his junior year, with improved control being a big factor.

Poytress marks the 13th player signed from this season’s draft and should report to State College.