• Pirates Officially Announce Three Deals; Create More Bonus Pool Flexibility

    The Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced three signings today, making fifth round pick Adrian Sampson, ninth round pick D.J. Crumlich, and 11th round pick Chris Diaz official. We already knew all three players had agreed to deals. Baseball America updates us with the bonus information. Sampson received $250,000. That's a small savings versus...

  • Pirates Sign Fifth Round Pick Adrian Sampson

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed fifth round pick Adrian Sampson, according to Sosnick Cobbe Sports (h/t to Charlie). No word yet on the bonus amount. The slot for Sampson is $252,100. Sampson pitched in the JuCo ranks after having Tommy John surgery during his senior year of high school. He had a commitment to...

  • Hunter Strickland Promoted to Double-A

    Right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland was promoted from High-A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona today. The 24-year-old appeared in nine games (10 starts) where he posted a 2.98 ERA. Strickland struck out 25 batters over 45.1 innings with the Marauders in 2012. Strickland missed the second half of 2010 and the entire 2011 season...

  • Pirates Promote Gerrit Cole to Double-A

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole to Altoona, per the team Twitter account. Cole is coming off a five shutout inning performance last night, where he struck out seven, and allowed two walks and three hits. The right-hander was hitting 101 with his fastball, and 92 MPH with his...

  • Pirates Make Jon Sandfort Signing Official

    Last Friday we heard that Pittsburgh Pirates' third round pick Jon Sandfort was going to sign this week. Today the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced the move in a press release. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that Sandfort agreed to a $462,900 bonus, which is the full slot value for the third...

  • Pirates Agree to Terms With Barrett Barnes

    UPDATE 2:45 PM: Barnes received $1 M, according to Lacefield. That's $136,400 under slot for the 45th overall pick. The Pirates now have $225,200 to spend on over-slot picks. 2:42 PM: The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with compensation round pick Barrett Barnes, according to Scott Lacefield, Associate Director of Texas Tech Baseball...

  • Maggi and Chambers Promoted to Altoona, Plus Other Moves

    UPDATE 2:34 PM: West Virginia announces some moves to complete the process. Francisco Aponte is transferred to State College. Eric Avila, Taylor Lewis, and Ashley Ponce are all added to the West Virginia roster. UPDATE 2:16 PM: More roster moves. To create room in Altoona, Anthony Norman and Greg Picart have been assigned to...

  • Pirates Agree to Terms with 11th Round Pick

    The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with 11th round pick Christopher Diaz, Pirates Prospects has learned. The shortstop out of North Carolina State hit for a .356/.394/.482 line in 253 at-bats this year as a Junior. No word yet on the amount Diaz signed for.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only....

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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