Pirates Announce Signings of Eight from Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced signings of eight players from the 2012 draft on Wednesday afternoon. Those players include:   6th round pick Eric Wood, an infielder out of Blinn (TX) College will report to GCL Pirates. Wood hit .326 with 13 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBI this year. 7th round pick Jake Stallings, a catcher out of the University of North Carolina will report to State College. Stallings hit  .297 (62-for-209)...

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Pirates Have a Lot of Over-Slot Options and Not a Lot to Spend

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t shy away from the potential of spending money in the 2012 draft. With the new bonus pools in place to restrict spending, and harsh penalties if teams go over their total allotment, it was a big question mark how the Pirates would approach the draft this year. In previous years they weren’t shy about going after players who would be tough to sign. But they also had the advantage of the old...

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Wyatt Mathisen Signing Official

On Saturday I announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates had come to terms with second round pick Wyatt Mathisen. Today, the deal became official, per a Pirates press release. The prep catcher will join the GCL Pirates, who begin their season a week from today. According to Baseball America, Mathisen signed for $746,300, which is the exact slot amount for the second round...

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Mark Appel’s College Season Over As Stanford Eliminated

On Friday night, Mark Appel had a dreadful fourth inning, leading to a 17-1 loss by Stanford against Florida State. Tonight, Florida State had another huge victory, winning 18-7 against Stanford, this time getting to Brett Mooneyham, who was selected by Washington in the third round of the 2012 draft. The loss eliminates Stanford, ending Appel’s 2012 college season. The good news is that Appel won’t be subjected to the...

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Pirates Agree to Terms with Wyatt Mathisen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with second round pick Wyatt Mathisen, Pirates Prospects has learned. Mathisen, a prep catcher, had a commitment to the University of Texas. However, he will be turning that down to start his pro career with the Pirates. He’s expected to be part of the growing list of names who will report to Bradenton on Monday to officially sign. Mathisen is a potential two-way catcher. He’s...

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Pirates Reportedly Agree to Terms with 12th Round Pick

According to this article from the Rolla Daily News, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with 12th round draft pick Dalton Friend.  The 6′ 3″, 230lb left-handed pitcher played for Jefferson College (JUCO) in 2012 and had signed a national letter of intent with Texas Tech for next season. No terms of the deal were announced although it would be assumed to be for $100k or less due to the new draft bonus rules....

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