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Pirates Sign Justin Wilson

The Pirates have signed Justin Wilson, their fifth-round pick out of Fresno State. 

Wilson wasn't one of my favorites of the Pirates' top ten draft picks--he has good stuff for a lefty, but poor control--but at least he's a starting pitcher. The Pirates need starting pitching prospects desperately. He was the winning pitcher in the College World Series championship, but that doesn't mean anything going forward. Like so many pitchers Neal Huntington has acquired (Tyler Yates, Evan Meek, Craig Hansen...) the key for Wilson will be throwing strikes. His baseball age is only 20, so he's got a couple years to figure that out.