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 Pittsburgh, and was taking a physical with the team, indicating that he’s close to signing. -13th round pick Brandon Platts isn’t...

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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 6th round in 2009, if the bonus is correct. We knew that Holmes was close to signing.  I mentioned late last week that the two sides were meeting to discuss...

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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 139th best prospect in the draft.  He throws 89-93 MPH, touching 95, and also throws a curve, a splitter, and a slider.  He has a...

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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 for days on a deal.  They also signed their top two draft picks: Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie.  However, the significant signings came earlier in the...

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What is Josh Bell Worth?

Throughout the entire Josh Bell saga, we’ve seen many imaginations running wild over what it could possibly take to get the prep outfielder to sign.  When he was drafted, we were hearing numbers in the $4-6 M range.  Now that we’ve come close to the August 15th signing deadline, we’re hearing that $10 M might not even do it.  It’s to the point where there are rumors that the Pirates have offered $4.5 M, and...

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Updates on the Pirates’ Unsigned Draft Picks

The 2011 MLB Draft Pick Signing deadline is Monday night at midnight, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates and every other team about three and a half days to get their remaining picks signed.  We probably won’t hear anything definite on first round pick Gerrit Cole and second round pick Josh Bell until close to the midnight deadline.  I think it’s almost a guarantee that Cole signs.  The question is, how much will he sign for?...

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