Pirates sign Dan Grovatt

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 11th round draft pick Dan Grovatt, according to The Daily Progress (h/t to epoc on OBN for the link).  Grovatt, an outfielder from the University of Virginia, was originally asking for third round money, although terms of his signing weren’t released.

The Pirates made concessions to allow Grovatt to finish his education over the next few years, attending college during the fall.  He won’t attend this fall (most likely because he will be in instructional camp), but he will attend the next two years to wrap up his education, which was a big factor in his signing.  Grovatt also has an injury history, with a partially torn UCL, and the risk of further injuries played a role in his signing, as he figured this would be his best shot.

Grovatt hit for a .324 average over the past three years, with 40 doubles, nine triples, 20 homers and 24 stolen bases.  He will report to State College, where he will finish off the season.

The draft pick signing tracker has been updated with the signing.  The Pirates have now signed 24 players, a figure which does not include the rumored Drew Maggi 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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