Pitt pitcher Dan Hammer signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, making four Panthers in total to ink Major League Baseball contracts this offseason.
Hammer, a junior right-handed pitcher, was the first Pitt player taken in the 2019 MLB Draft when the Orioles snapped him up in the 13th round, and he decided to forgo his senior year with the Panthers to take the opportunity to go pro.
“I am very excited to officially become a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization,” Hammer said. “It is truly a dream come true having the chance to begin my professional career. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, especially my coaches at Pitt and my parents for their unconditional support. Hail to Pitt!”
Hammer made 17 appearances and 13 starts for the Panthers in 2019 and posted a 6.55 ERA. The 21-year-old struck out 80 and walked 37.
A Philadelphia native, Hammer finishes his Pitt career eighth in program history with 189 strikeouts.
He’ll join redshirt junior right-hander Derek West (Houston Astros) and senior outfielder Conner Perry and catcher Cole MacLaren (Detroit Tigers) as Panthers to join the pro ranks.