Pirates Sign 18th Round Pick For $25 K Over Slot

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 18th round pick John Kuchno for $125 K, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Kuchno is a hard throwing right hander with a fastball that can touch 95, and a power curve. Both pitches have the potential to be plus offerings. The deal was for more than the $100,000 limit for picks after the tenth round, which means $25,000 counts towards the overall bonus pool. In the big picture, that reduces...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Draft Pick Signing Deadline Preview

Almost one year ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed 2011 third round pick Alex Dickerson. There was nothing special about the timing of the deal. Dickerson signed for slot, and while his signing came about a month after the draft, it was normal for players to wait a few weeks before signing. Dickerson signed on July 14th. Fast forward a year later. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement moved the signing deadline up a month. Last year...

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Pirates Sign 17th Round Pick Hayden Hurst

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17th round pick Hayden Hurst, according to Hurst himself on Twitter. Hurst was a high school pitching prospect with a commitment to Florida State. He is a big guy who’s reached 95 with his fastball, although the pitch usually sits in the 88-92 MPH range.  Just like fifth round pick Adrian Sampson, Hurst had Tommy John surgery in the past. The right-hander had the procedure during his junior year of...

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Mark Appel Updates: Monday

The Pittsburgh Pirates have until Friday at 5:00 PM to sign first round pick Mark Appel. Here are a few updates on the situation. **Jon Heyman reports that Appel is leaning against signing with the Pirates for $3.8 M. The slot price for Appel is $2.9 M, but the Pirates could offer up to $3.8 M without losing a draft pick. It’s important to keep in mind that Heyman’s information usually comes from Scott Boras. So take his...

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Pirates Sign 24th Round Pick Tyler Gaffney

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the signing of their 24th round pick from the 2012 draft, outfielder Tyler Gaffney out of Standford. Gaffney hit .245 with 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 17 RBI and 48 runs scored as a junior this year at Stanford University. He made a total of 30 starts in left field, 16 in center field and four as the designated hitter for the Cardinals. Gaffney will join the State College...

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Pirates Sign Jimmy Rider

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 26th round pick Jimmy Rider, per a team press release. Rider, a senior from Kent State, didn’t sign initially due to his team playing in the College World Series. He was drafted as a second baseman, and will likely go to State College. In his senior year at Kent State, Rider hit for a .361/.434/.532 line in 252 at-bats.

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