According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Nathan Tomaszewski out of Independent Ball. He went undrafted out of college and has spent the last two seasons playing Independent Ball in three different leagues. He has good size at 6’4″, 220 pounds and can play all four corner positions, spending the most time at third base and in right field. Tomaszewski is 23 years old and played college ball at LeTourneau University.
He will likely open the season with one of the short-season league teams, either Bristol or Jamestown. With an extra affiliate this year, you can expect some more players like this, possibly college players that go undrafted this June.
You can find the player page for Tomaszewski here.
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