Pirates sign Jeffrey Inman
UPDATE 4:53 PM: Baseball America reports that Inman received $425 K. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the bonus information. Evan Chambers, taken with the fourth pick in the third round, number 84 overall, received $423,900, which is right at slot for that pick. So Inman received high third round slot money with this deal.
According to several sources, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 12th round pick Jeffrey Inman, a junior from Stanford. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the signing, although no bonus figure has been announced yet.
Here is what I wrote about Inman on my day two recap of the draft:
Inman was regarded as one of the top juniors in college ball coming in to the year, coming off a year where he posted a 4.27 ERA and a 45:29 K/BB ratio in 71.2 IP. This year he put up a 6.11 ERA and a 33:19 K/BB ratio in 53 IP. He is 6’3″, 205 pounds who normally throws 94-96 MPH. He suffered from shoulder tendonitis, which probably kept him from day one.
Inman was originally thought of as one of the top college juniors, and a potential day one draft pick coming in to the 2009 college season. His injury and poor 2009 season dropped him to the 12th round, with the injury playing a big part. In a May 10th game his velocity dropped in the low 80s, and Inman left after one batter. That was the last time he pitched in the 2009 season, and questions on his shoulder lowered his draft stock. I’d have to assume that by signing Inman, the Pirates thought the condition of his shoulder isn’t a huge risk. If Inman can get over the injury, and return to his potential, the 6’3″ right hander could be a steal.