• Who Wants To Be A $1.2 Millionaire?

    Cole and Bell are set for life even if they never make the major leagues, but what about someone like Clay Holmes, the Pirates' 9th round pick that signed for $1.2M?

  • 2011 Draft Recap: Don’t Draft Me

    Dear (Insert MLB Team Here), With the 2012 draft less than ten months away, I am contacting you in advance to announce my intentions to attend college.  I do not intend to sign if I am drafted by the (Team Nickname).  I am going to honor my commitment to attend school.  I...

  • Minor League Contract FAQs

    With Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell both receiving minor league contracts from the Pittsburgh Pirates, I figured this would be a perfect time to dust off the old “What’s the difference between a minor league contract and a major league contract” post. NOTE: All examples use Gerrit Cole, but they all apply...

  • Pirates Sign Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell

    Photo Courtesy of UCLA Athletics The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first overall pick Gerrit Cole, and second round pick Josh Bell, according to Jon Heyman (Cole, Bell). Cole will get $8 M, and it's a minor league deal, per Dejan Kovacevic.  The bonus is the highest in draft history, topping the $7.5...

  • Going to College: Aaron Brown and Joel Bennett

    Updates on two players going to college: –Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game reports that 17th round pick Aaron Brown will be going to Pepperdine. –Drew Champlin, a Troy University reporter, tells us that Joel Bennett, the 11th round pick, will be going to Troy.

  • Draft Updates: One Hour To Go

    With one hour remaining, here is what to watch for: -Gerrit Cole will sign.  It’s just a question of when and for how much. -The fact that we have an hour to go, and we haven’t heard anything about the Pirates being out on Josh Bell is encouraging.  Not a guarantee that...

  • Draft Signing Updates: Four Hours To Go

    Four hours until the deadline to sign draft picks.  Some updates on the unsigned guys. -Nothing new on Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell.  I wouldn’t expect talks to heat up until the last hour. –9th round pick Clay Holmes has signed. –I mentioned earlier that 15th round pick Kody Watts was in...

  • Pirates Sign Clay Holmes

    According to Jim Callis, the Pirates have signed 9th round pick Clay Holmes.  Callis mentions that the asking price for Holmes was $1.2 M, and he's believed to have gotten it.  That would be a record for a 9th round pick, and is equal to what Zack Von Rosenberg got in the...

  • Pirates Close to Deal With 15th Rounder Kody Watts?

    Pirates Prospects has learned that 15th round pick Kody Watts is in Pittsburgh talking with the Pirates.  The team increased their approach towards Watts last week by making an offer, and according to our sources, it sounds like he’s close to a deal. Watts is a right handed pitcher and was the...

  • 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Signing Deadline Preview

    All is quiet with one day remaining to sign players from the 2011 draft.  Some may view that as a bad sign.  I happen to think it’s a good sign. Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates signed three players the day of the deadline.  They signed shortstop Drew Maggi, who had been close...

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