Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Pirates Sign Pitcher Nick Hutchings
Hutchings stands at 6'2 and weighs 165 pounds, a projectable body. Currently, he throws a fastball that can reach the high-80's. Hutchings compliments his heater with a slider and changeup. Allegedly, the Australian teen turned down offers from four other teams - the Padres, Reds, Phillies, and Astros - to sign with the Pirates. Part of the reason may be the other Australians currently in the Pirates organization. Hutchings will room with Dylan Child, Wilson Lee, and Jackson Lodge in Bradenton this coming April, when he will attend extended spring training. Another factor is that the manager of the Bite is the Pirates scout - Tony Harris - who signed Hutchings. No word yet on a bonus amount, but Hutching's present velocity, projectability, and three-pitching mix will give him the opportunity to be a legitimate prospect as he continues his baseball career.