2013 draft

Pirates Sign Sixth Round Pick Adam Frazier, 37th Round Pick Dennis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with two more draft picks today. They signed sixth round draft pick Adam Frazier, a shortstop out of Mississippi State. Frazier received the exact slot amount of $240,600 to sign. They have also signed 37th round draft pick Andrew Dennis, a catcher from Wallace State Community College. No terms of his deal has been announced yet. 2013 draft

The Pirates have now signed 26 players, including their top seven picks. Only 7th round pick Buddy Borden, a right-handed pitcher out of UNLV remains unsigned among players selected in the top ten rounds.

Update 3:54 pm: Here are details on each player.

Adam Frazier just finished up the College World Series run he had with Mississippi State, so he was late to the signing party. This season, the 5’11” junior, hit .344, with an .844 OPS. He doesn’t have any standout tools, but he is a player that can likely stick at shortstop and be a strong utility type player in the majors. He glove and arm, plus natural instincts are good enough for anywhere on the infield. He doesn’t have much speed or any power at all, but he puts the ball in play and is a smart player in all aspects of the game.

Andrew Dennis is a catcher who spent two years at the Community College level. He planned to transfer to UAB in 2014, so he figured to be a tough sign in the late round. He has a strong arm and moves well behind the plate. He put up impressive power numbers in High School, though they didn’t show up his first year in college.

Update 5:18 pm: Jim Callis tweets that Frazier signed for slot.

The draft pick signing tracker has been updated with Frazier’s bonus.

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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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    It’s always difficult to judge a draft class at his very early stage, but even if we didn’t make another signing from this group now it would be a fantastic result overall, loads of players brought into the organization, some intriguing players with a lot of upside, high ceiling and all that.
    I know not all of those picks eventually turn out the way we would want them to do but honestly, we must have one of the deepest farm systems now in the league and if I’m not mistaken we are finally covered well for all positions now, just look at how many promising catchers we now have in our organization with McGuire, Rossiter and Dennis being the latest recruits.
    It is a good time to be a Pirate for sure.

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