It's going to be a little while before we know how much of their bonus pool the Pittsburgh Pirates will give to the players selected in the first ten rounds. We do know a couple things, besides the fact that first round pick Shane Baz and sixth round pick Cody Bolton have both apparently agreed to deals. The first thing we know is that the Pirates took five high school players with upside, who will all get bonus that should equal or exceed their slot value. We also know that the Pirates took some other picks that should save them money to spend elsewhere in the draft. We will need to know the actual bonuses before either of those things matter.
The reason you want to know what is left in the bonus pool is it could affect the picks today, specifically, the 11th round pick. The Pirates ha...
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