Pirates close to a deal with Drew Maggi?

According to Keith Law, the Pittsburgh Pirates may be close to a deal with 15th round pick, Drew Maggi, a shortstop out of Arizona State.  Law mentioned that the deal could be for around $460 K, which is $25,000 less than what fourth round pick Nick Kingham received.  MLB doesn’t have slot prices after the fifth round, although $150,000 is the unofficial slot price for anyone beyond round five, which would put Maggi at $300,000 “over slot”.

The signing of Maggi would be a big move for the Pirates.  Maggi is a draft eligible sophomore, and is coming off a big year in which he hit for a .326/.411/.444 line in 261 at-bats, with 36 stolen bases in 45 attempts.  The Pirates could definitely use the middle infield depth, and the addition of Maggi would be a big boost in that area.  Because Maggi is a draft eligible sophomore, he could return to the draft two more times, giving him a lot of leverage, and requiring the over-slot deal.

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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