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Maryland baseball commit Jack Herman to sign with Pittsburgh Pirates

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Maryland baseball lost its second-best Class of 2018 commit after Jack Herman announced his intention to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Herman was drafted in the 30th round—894th overall pick—on Wednesday. He was projected to be drafted much earlier, between rounds 7-10. However, Pittsburgh was still able to ink him to a deal, most likely with a signing bonus above slot value for his pick number.

The outfielder from Eastern High School in Voorhees, New Jersey, helped guide his team to their second Diamond Classic title in three years and the No. 1 seed in the South Jersey Group IV playoffs.

It’s important to note that Herman’s coach, Rob Christ, was involved in the Pirates organization before taking the head coaching job at Eastern 15 years ago, so the team definitely runs in the program, and Herman will be the next part of that.

He will report to Bradenton, Florida, the Pirates’ spring training home, on June 18 to the Gulf Coast League, per report. It’s unknown how much he signed for, but his college will be paid for by the team.

On being drafted, Herman told NJ.com, “this is going to motivate me to show people they were wrong.”

The three other current and future Terps selected this week—Nick Decker, Nick Dunn and Marty Costes—have until July 13 to sign contracts and join Herman in the pros.

In other news

Former Maryland basketball players Melo Trimble and Diamond Stone were among 32 players invited to the Utah Jazz’s free agent minicamp, the team posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

Darryl Morsell might be a three-point threat for the Terps next season after a video was posted on Twitter showing him draining shots with ease beyond the arc at the Xfinity Center.

Aaron Wiggins should knock down plenty of shots for Maryland this year. With Kevin Huerter gone, he’s that much more important.

We answered some of your most pressing questions on the state and the future of Maryland athletics here.

Several Maryland football parents have started a GoFundMe page for the family of offensive tackle Jordan McNair, who was hospitalized last week after practice.