Pirates Sign Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first overall pick Gerrit Cole, and second round pick Josh Bell, according to Jon Heyman (Cole, Bell). Cole will get $8 M, and it’s a minor league deal, per Dejan Kovacevic.  The bonus is the highest in draft history, topping the $7.5 M bonus that Stephen Strasburg received.  It’s also a record for the Pirates. Josh Bell gets $5 M.  That’s the fourth biggest bonus given out by the...

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Pirates Sign Clay Holmes

According to Jim Callis, the Pirates have signed 9th round pick Clay Holmes.  Callis mentions that the asking price for Holmes was $1.2 M, and he’s believed to have gotten it.  That would be a record for a 9th round pick, and is equal to what Zack Von Rosenberg got in the 6th round in 2009, if the bonus is correct. We knew that Holmes was close to signing.  I mentioned late last week that the two sides were meeting to discuss...

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Vincent Payne, Orlando Castro Promoted to West Virginia

Right handed pitcher Vincent Payne and left handed pitcher Orlando Castro have been promoted from the State College Spikes to the West Virginia Power.  To make room on the West Virginia roster, Brooks Pounders and Kevin Decker have been placed on the disabled list. Payne threw 27.2 innings in State College this year out of the bullpen, with a 5.20 ERA and a 21:11 K/BB ratio.  He also made one appearance in West Virginia earlier in the...

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Rodarrick Jones Promoted to State College

2011 37th round pick Rodarrick Jones has been promoted by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the GCL to State College.  Jones, a 20 year old outfielder, hit for a .500/.625/1.167 line in four games in the GCL.  He came from the college ranks, although he didn’t get much playing time, missing the entire 2011 season.  Still, the New York Penn League is a much better assignment for him than the Gulf Coast League was, even if he only...

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Duke Welker Promoted to Altoona

Along with the promotion of Victor Black to high-A Bradenton, the Pittsburgh Pirates have also promoted right handed reliever Duke Welker from Bradenton to Altoona.  Welker has put up a strong season in Bradenton, with a 2.25 ERA in 52 innings, along with a 7.1 K/9 and a 4.3 BB/9 ratio.  In the past year he’s displayed a 98 MPH fastball, although control has been a big issue, with almost a walk an inning during the 2010 season....

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Victor Black Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted relief pitcher Victor Black to high-A Bradenton.  Black was selected in the compensation portion of the first round in the 2009 draft.  He’s dealt with injuries over the last two years, pitching just 4.2 innings in 2010.  In West Virginia this year he put up a 5.28 ERA in 29 innings. The Pirates have been working with Black lately to build up his stamina, getting him to pitch multi-inning...

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