2014-Draft

Pirates Announce the Signing of Three More Draft Picks

In what is turning out to be an extremely busy day for draft signings, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that three more players have officially signed. You can find information on all three players in the links highlighted under their name.

John Sever, 20th Rd pick out of Bethune-Cookman.

Jess Amedee, 27th Rd pick out of the University of Texas-Arlington

Luis Paula, 31st Rd pick out of North Carolina

All three players will be assigned to the Pirates new affiliate in Bristol. That makes a total of 21 players that have either signed or agreed to sign already, exactly half of their draft class. You can view all of the signings here on our draft tracker.

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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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  • Matt Beam

    One (and maybe only) good thing about the new draft process… tons of guys signing right away, no more of that Boras bull crap at 11:59pm in the middle of August

  • freddylang

    I actually like the hard cap more than I thought I would but I think teams need a little more wiggle room to work with to buy kids out of college commits. Even just 500K-1mil

    • S Brooks

      I was thinking the same thing – maybe every team gets one exemption.

      Then again, it’s great for NCAA baseball. There must be a couple dozen or more HS prospects who might have signed if teams could offer over slot without penalty, now developing in Division I.

      • freddylang

        I think so on the kids going to college. Also I think plenty of kids are just still signing but for less and getting into camp and into the system earlier, which is a huge win for the kid and for mlb teams.

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