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It is hard not to notice Eric Dorsch. The right-hander stands 6-8 and weighs 245 pounds.
The Pirates' scouts didn't miss Dorsch, a North Allegheny High School graduate, this spring while he was closing for Kent State University. The Bucs drafted Dorsch in the 15th round and he quickly signed and was sent to short season Jamestown in the New York-Penn League.
Dorsch, 22, grew up in McCandless as a diehard Pirates' fans. In turn, the Pirates became fans of him during his time at Kent State.
"We followed and liked Eric's development over the last few years," Pirates amateur scouting director Joe Delli Carri said. "We were drawn to his ability to throw strikes with both a hard, sinking fastball and a slider with bite."
Dorsch has made four relief appearances for Jamestown and is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.
He was 2-4 with 10 saves and a 3.56 ERA in 27 relief appearances with Kent State this spring.