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Pitt Baseball vs. Virginia Tech

The University of Pittsburgh baseball team swept Virginia Tech on March 25, 2017 at Charles L. Cost Field.

Serving as the student volunteer assistant coach during Pitt’s 2016 campaign, Jimmy Negrych helped coach the infielders, assisting in the development of one of the ACC’s top players in Charles Leblanc. A sophomore from Laval, Quebec, Leblanc won the ACC’s batting title, hitting .405 with 79 hits, nine doubles, two home runs and 46 RBIs. Leblanc was drafted in the fourth round by the Texas Rangers and is currently a member of the Class A Spokane Indians.

Negrych played three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, boasting one of the best Panther careers. The Big East Rookie of the Year in 2004, he played 160 games concluding his time at Pitt with a .374 average with 213 hits, including 48 doubles, 34 home runs and 164 RBIs. He was named second-team All-Big East in 2004 and garnered Baseball America first-team Freshman All-America recognition that season. He was a two-time Baseball America first-team All-American and first-team All-Big East selection, earning the distinctions in 2005 and 2006.

In 2006, Negrych was drafted in the sixth round by the hometown Pittsburgh Pirates and would go on to have a seven-year career in professional baseball. In addition to the Pirates, Negrych played in the Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. In 2008 he was named the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Minor League Player of the Year, was named an A (High) All-Star and the Tops Carolina League Player of the Year.

Ascending the minor league ranks, Negrych was named to the AAA All-Star teams in both 2012 and 2013 before retiring from the MLB. He wrapped up his career with 796 games, hitting .296 with 811 hits, 158 doubles, 32 home runs and 353 RBIs.

Negrych then turned his attention to the Chinatrust Brothers Elephants in Taichung City, Taiwan where he played in 107 games. He dominated the league, hitting .348 with 141 hits, 21 doubles, six home runs and 69 RBIs.

In May of 2016, Negrych earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in Bridgeville, Pa., with his wife, Nikki.

Jimmy Negrych

Jimmy  Negrych

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
University of Pittsburgh '16

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