• 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pirates Sign Eighth Round Pick Kevin Ross

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed eighth round pick Kevin Ross for $130 K, per Kendall Rogers. That amount is $8,200 under his slot price. We heard earlier that Ross was expected to sign. For more on Ross, check out his player page.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to...

  • Draft Signing Updates: Thomas, Hurst

    Mark Appel didn’t sign. Here’s more news. **Fourth round pick Brandon Thomas also didn’t sign. He will return to Georgia Tech for his senior year. **17th round pick Hayden Hurst received a $400,000 bonus. ¬†That left the Pirates with $84,400 for over-slot deals. No word on whether they used that on anyone...

  • Less Than An Hour To Go: Brandon Thomas, Walker Buehler, Slot Prices

    Less than an hour to go before the MLB draft signing deadline. Here are some quick hits. **I just heard back from a source with Georgia Tech saying that the Brandon Thomas negotiations are “up in the air”. He hasn’t ruled out signing yet. His slot price in the fourth round is...

  • Mark Appel Rumors: Moving on From Appel?

    UPDATE 4:04 PM: With less than a hour to go, all signs point to the Pirates moving on from Mark Appel. I’ve confirmed through sources that 16th round pick Max Moroff has signed for $300,000. That takes $200,000 away from Appel’s potential bonus. I’ve heard from several camps that players in the...

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