By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have purchased the contracts of pitchers Chris McDonald and Evan Piechota from the United Shore Professional Baseball League, this according to Pirates Prospects John Dreker. Both will start out for the Gulf Coast League Pirates.
McDonald attended Hillsdale College, located in Hillsdale, Michigan. The 6’6 right-hander signed on with the East Side Diamond Hoppers this year, as he posted a 2.89 ERA along with a 9.3 K/9 in five starts.
Piechota pitched his college ball at Madonna University, which is in Livonia, Michigan. He signed with the Utica Unicorns, posting an ERA of 1.60 with a K/9 of 10.0 in seven games, four of which were starts.