Pirates sign draft pick Gourley

According to this article, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 13th round draft pick John “Walker” Gourley. Gourley is a prep shortstop prospect who had a commitment to East Carolina. Here is my summary of Gourley from day two of the draft:

Gourley is 6’0″, 180 pounds and has a commitment to East Carolina. He hit .289 as a rookie in high school. As a sophomore he led his team in runs (27) and steals (15), with a .314 average and a .465 OBP. He repeated that success as a junior, leading in runs (39) and steals (20) with eight homers and a .407 average, plus a .562 OBP. He has a short swing and plus arm strength. Lacks speed to be a middle infielder in the pros, and could end up elsewhere, maybe 3B.

The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the signing. I’ve also added the estimated slot prices for the first five rounds (the only rounds that have slot amounts).

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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