August 15th will be just as important as the draft, to see if the Pirates sign Bell and Cole.
Thanks to MLB’s misbegotten efforts to control draft bonuses, August 15 has become nearly as important an event as the draft itself. That’s the deadline for signing draft picks, with the exception of players who have no college eligibility remaining. The deadline has more than the usual significance for the Pirates this year, because their draft is remarkably easy to sum up: If they sign both Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell, it’s a great draft. If they fail to sign Bell . . . well, Cole had better become that dominant starter the Pirates haven’t had since . . . um . . . forever.
But there were some other interesting aspects to this draft...
Wilbur Miller joined the site in July 2010. He has long been known for his excellent Player Profiles, which he brought to the site in February 2011, combining them with the existing Pirates Prospects Player Pages. Wilbur maintains the player pages section of the site, and provides regular articles to the main portion of the site, including a weekly Prospects Trend piece, featuring the best and worst prospects from the previous week.