With their 20th round pick in the 2022 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Joshua Loeschorn out of Long Island University.
Loeschorn is the final pick in the 2022 draft. He’s 22 years old and stands 6’3″, 215 pounds. He had a successful four-year career in college, combining for a 2.28 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 226 strikeouts in 225 innings. This season he had a 3.06 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and a 104:29 SO/BB ratio in 97 innings for LIU. Since graduating, he has been playing independent ball in the Frontier League, where he has a 6.49 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a 1.56 WHIP in 26.1 innings over five starts. He throws about 88-92 MPH, along with a slider and changeup.+ posts
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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.