Von Rosenberg is one of the many prep players the Pirates have signed away from college commitments the past few years.
In the past three drafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money luring top prep prospects away from their commitments to major colleges. In 2008 the Pirates signed Robbie Grossman for $1 M, stealing him from Texas. They also signed Quinton Miller for $900 K, stealing him from UNC. Jarek Cunningham had committed to Arizona State, and Wes Freeman had committed to Central Florida, yet both players ended up signing in the later rounds.
In 2009 the Pirates took their approach to the extreme, luring Zack Von Rosenberg (LSU), Colton Cain (Texas), Zack Dodson (Baylor), Brooks Pounders (USC), Trent Stevenson (Arizona), Evan Chambers (Tampa), Walker Gourley (East Carolina), and Joey Schoenfield (San Diego State) away from college commitments.
In 2010 the Pirates selected Jameson Taillon in the first round, signing him away from a commitment to Rice Univer...
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