Draft Signing Rumors: Reese McGuire, Taylor, Kuhl, Carle And More

Reese McGuire is one of the many draft picks who is already looking to go pro. - Image Credit: Getty Images

Reese McGuire is one of the many draft picks who is already looking to go pro. – Image Credit: Getty Images

With the MLB draft in the books after three long days, the Pittsburgh Pirates will now get some of these players into camp immediately. It usually starts with the obvious ones, the college seniors that have no more eligibility. The Pirates will hold a mini-camp early next week at their facility in Bradenton for drafted players, where they will sign their contracts and get acclimated to the system before being assigned to a team.

Here is a roundup of the players who have announced their intentions to sign already, with links to articles. Their player page with all their information can be found below as well. We will add to this page today if more become available.

Reese McGuire, 1st round – Yesterday we posted that McGuire told Jessica Quiroli that he has decided to go pro. Player page

Blake Taylor, 2nd round –  Told his local paper that he is “pretty sure he will sign with the Pirates.”  Player Page

Chad Kuhl, 9th round – He was called by the Pirates right before they selected him to see if he was ready to go pro, so he will sign. Player Page

Shane Carle , 10th round – Says he will forego his senior year and is eager to sign to get his pro career started. Player Page

Danny Collins, 13th round – Went to Twitter to say he is ready to be a part of the Pirates. Player Page

Justin Topa, 17th round – He is looking forward to continuing his career with the Pirates. He is a college senior. Player Page

Jeff Roy, 18th round – Also on Twitter, Roy had a conversation with Collins about being teammates. Player Page

Justin Maffei, 25th round – Says he will begin his career in the Gulf Coast League in this articlePlayer Page

Mike Fransoso, 27th round – Indicates that he will be going to Bradenton in the next couple days to sign. Player Page

**UPDATE**

Adam Frazier, 6th round – This article says the Mississippi State shortstop will likely sign. Player Page

Brett McKinney, 19th round – The college senior thanks everyone he knows in this tweet, indicating he is ready to sign. Players Page

Adam Landecker, 21st round – A Twitter update from the senior from USC, ready to get his pro career started. Player Page

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Who is Meadows’ agent?

    Foo

  • http://twitter.com/Patrick21301806 Patrick21301806

    John,
    Still early, of course, but is it likely Meadows will sign as well? And if he does is it likely we will go through the whole wait until midnight of the day of the deadline ordeal?

    • John Dreker

      I haven’t heard anything about him being a tough sign. He may not sign until the deadline, but this year that deadline is July 12th, so there will still be plenty of time for him to get in the system and playing if he does sign last minute. The Gulf Coast League team still has 41 games after July 12th and that is where he will likely head.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.moore2 Kenny Moore

      I really hope that NH can sign our top 5 players drafted and get them in the minors this year.

  • danrb10

    My question is about Jacoby Jones. I watched him play about 5 games this year in the infield. He seems pretty smooth and I’m not sure why we would plug him as an outfielder without exhausting chances at at least 2nd.

    • John Dreker

      I’ve heard scouts say he profiles better in center field, where he has better instincts. He also personally prefers the outfield

  • pitwalker18

    Will you put up a Draft Signing Tracker like last year?