Pitt right-handed pitcher Matt Pidich has agreed to terms on a professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.
Pidich, who was a redshirt senior, capped his Pitt career in top form. He made 15 starts and threw 91 innings for the Panthers with a 3.05 ERA and 99 strikeouts, leading the Pitt staff in all three categories.
He had a memorable senior season. Against LIU Brooklyn on April 28, Pidich maintained a no-hitter through two outs in the ninth inning before losing it. In Pitt’s first-ever ACC Tournament game against Georgia Tech, Pidich got the start and earned the win with seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball.
“I came to Pitt looking to change the program and have a part in changing the program,” he said to Pittsburgh Sports Now in May. “Hopefully, that can stay here and keep the tradition going with what we’ve built.
Pidich was the Reds’ eighth-round selection and was the second Pitt player taken in the 2018 MLB Draft. His signing bonus with the Reds was $10,000, according to Mayo.
The Aberdeen, New Jersey native will report to a Reds’ minor-league affiliate. Short-season opening day is Friday.