The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 12th round draft pick Tyler Filliben and 17th round pick Michael Clemens. Filliben announced his signing was official on Twitter. Both were juniors in college this year, with Filliben playing shortstop at Samford, while Clemens pitched at McNeese State.
We have already heard about the signing of top pick Cole Tucker and two picks on Monday, Tyler Eppler and Erik Lunde. On Tuesday it was announced that Eppler signed for a $200k bonus, slightly under his slot value. Below are the player pages for both Filliben and Clemens.
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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.