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Pirates Sign 24th-Rounder Justin Howard

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The Pirates have signed 24th-round pick Justin Howard, MLB.com reports. Howard is a first baseman from the University of New Mexico. He likely would have gone higher were it not for a knee injury a few weeks before the draft. It evidently isn't that hard to put up ridiculous numbers for New Mexico - many of his teammates did - but still, Howard hit .456 in his senior season, with more walks than strikeouts. You can read more from WTM and BUCCO Fans.