BRADENTON, Fla. - Left-handed pitcher Braeden Ogle had interest from a lot of teams leading up to the draft. The Pirates were one of those teams, obviously, having him do a workout prior to the draft, where he threw from flat ground. Then, after taking two prep pitchers on day one, they called him at the start of day two, telling him that they were saving up some money to go after him in the fourth round.
That's exactly what they did, making him the third prep pitcher taken in their draft class. His slot value was $425,700, but they went well above that, giving him $800,000. They saved some money with second round pick Travis MacGregor and third round pick Stephen Alemais, but needed a few hundred thousand more to make up the difference, going under-slot on the picks in rounds 5-10. Tha...
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