The 2017 amateur draft begins one month from today, as the Pirates will make their first four selections that night. During the three-day event, they will select a total of 42 players. I can safely say that they will not end up signing all 42 players. Last year they took 41 players total and ended up signing 28 of them. Two of the players they didn't sign, ended up agreeing to deals, only to decide to go back to school before signing. That happened during the previous draft as well. I wanted to take a look at the 13 players who decided to return to school for 2017 and check their progress. Of those players, 11 are eligible to be drafted this season. I've noted the two other players below.
Nick Lodolo - One of the two players who aren't eligible to be drafted in 2017. He turned down $1,7...
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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.