Pirates sign Trent Stevenson

UPDATE 7:36 PM: According to Kiley McDaniel of Baseball Prospectus, the signing bonus for Stevenson is $350 K. That’s about the same as the slot figure for the 96th overall pick, in the middle of the third round. Just goes to show that not all above-slot signings require seven figures, or first/second round money. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the bonus figure.

According to the Bucs Insider Twitter feed, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed their seventh round draft pick, Trent Stevenson. No word on the financial details of the signing, although Stevenson was assumed to be a hard to sign player, so I assume it’s above slot (although there are no slot prices beyond the 5th round, but you get my point). The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the signing.

Here is what I wrote on Stevenson on my day two recap of the draft:

Stevenson was ranked 197 by Baseball America. Last year he had a 3.91 ERA and a 59:13 K/BB ratio in 48 IP. He’s 6’6″ and 165 pounds with plenty of room to grow. Throws 88-91 MPH right now, touching 93. He has committed to Arizona.

Great signing for the Bucs. Hopefully this, plus the signing of 34th round pick Zac Fuesser for $125,000, means we’re going to start seeing a lot of our above-slot players inked soon.

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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