HENRY HIRSCH
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: September 29, 1992
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 22nd Round, 659th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of New Haven
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Hirsch is a hard throwing right-hander, sitting at 93-94 with his fastball.  His out pitch is a slider.  He was hit harder during the 2013 season with New Haven than previously, but had a good strikeout rate.  Hirsch wasn’t rated among Baseball America’s top 2013 draft prospects in Lower New England, despite the overall talent in that area being below average.  He may still be a little raw, as he had some injury problems in high school that led to him being primarily a position player for a while.  He signed a couple weeks after the draft and was assigned initially to the GCL.

2013
R:  1-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 3.0 K/9
A-:  2-0-2, 1.50 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 24.0 IP, 1.9 BB/9, 9.8 K/9

Hirsch made two appearances in the GCL, then moved up to Jamestown in mid-July.  His numbers there were outstanding, including a .159 opponents’ average, a low walk rate, and a K rate well above one per inning.  Left-handed batters hit only .118 against him, although the sample size was very small.  His fastball hit 96 at times.

2014
A:  4-6-1, 4.46 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 82.2 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 7.4 K/9

Hirsch spent the season at West Virginia and didn’t repeat his 2013 showing.  Opponents posted a 265/358/423 line against him and he struggled in the second half, with a 6.08 ERA and 1.68 WHIP.

Hirsch should be at Bradenton or West Virginia in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

College
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2013 4-3-0 11 8 59.0 63 1 22 60 1.44 .283 3.81
2012 1-2-1 12 4 36.2 25 0 17 27 1.15 .192 3.19
2011 3-0-0 12 2 34.2 19 0 16 20 1.12 .173 0.78
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round, 659th overall pick; signed on June 21.