Pirates Sign 21st Round Pick Jordan Steranka

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 21st round pick Jordan Steranka out of Penn State. The team agreed to a deal with the third baseman over the summer and prior to the signing deadline, but he failed his physical multiple times due to mono. Because he was a college senior, Steranka was eligible to sign with the Pirates up until a week before the 2013 draft. He’s missed almost the entire season, but should join the club for the...

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Pirates Get A First Round Compensation Pick In the 2013 Draft

Major League Baseball held their first Competitive Balance Lottery today, awarding compensation picks to small market and low revenue teams. The Pittsburgh Pirates received the second pick in the first compensation round. The Pirates had a 10.5% chance of getting the top pick in the draft, and were tied for the fourth most combinations in the lottery, based on their 2011 standings. Their pick currently would be 33rd overall in the...

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Pirates Ranked 28th in Draft Spending

Here’s a phrase we haven’t used lately: the Pittsburgh Pirates finished near the bottom in draft spending this year. Baseball America has released the team by team figures, and the Pirates rank 28th, with $3,829,700 spent. It’s not like they could have spent more. They were $92,600 shy of going over their draft pool and paying a 5% tax. A big reason the number is so low is because first round pick Mark Appel...

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Details On Tomorrow’s Competitive Balance Lottery

Tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST, MLB will hold their first Competitive Balance Lottery, awarding draft picks to small market and low revenue teams. Jonathan Mayo has the details of the event. Here is a breakdown of what will take place. **The draft will be held at 1:30 PM, although the results won’t be known until 2:45 PM on MLB Network. **The teams involved will include the ten smallest-market teams, and the ten lowest-revenue teams....

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Pirates Draft Signing Recap: Is the System to Blame For Appel Not Signing?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are facing a problem that they haven’t faced in the last several years: they were unable to reach a deal with a draft pick that was considered a difficult sign. In years past, all the Pirates had to do was throw money at the draft pick to get a deal done. This year, Major League Baseball reworked the draft to limit spending. The end result was that the Pirates were unable to sign first round pick Mark...

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Pirates Don’t Sign Mark Appel

UPDATE 5:15 PM: Jon Heyman has a statement from Mark Appel: “After much thought, prayer & analysis of both opportunities, I came to the conclusion the best decision is to remain at Stanford continuing my studies, finishing my degree & doing all I can to assist the Cardinal baseball team in our goal to win nat. championship” UPDATE 5:13 PM: Neal Huntington issued a statement via press release: “We were unable to...

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