Mel Rojas Jr to Sign With Pirates

According to Chuck Finder, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to sign third round pick Mel Rojas Jr.  Rojas is on his way to Pittsburgh to take a tour and undergo medical examinations today, according to Finder, and will sign his contract on Thursday. There have been various reports that Rojas was asking for seven figures, and first round money.  I can’t imagine he received that amount if the deal is getting signed now, unless...

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More on the Dace Kime Story

After posting the story about 2010 8th rounder Dace Kime choosing to go to Louisville, I started thinking about the comments in the article and the timeline involved.  I did some research, and came up with the following timeline: June 6th: Kime’s high school graduation June 8th: Kime drafted June 15th: Kime scheduled to pitch for Midland Redskins June 30th: The last date for Louisville freshman orientation July 29th: Louisville...

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Dace Kime Chooses Louisville over the Pirates

According to Tim McDonough of The Crescent News, Pittsburgh Pirates’ eighth round draft pick Dace Kime has decided to go to Louisville, rather than sign with the Pirates.  The article mentions that Kime reached an agreement with the Pirates right away, but that the deal was never finalized.  It sounds to me like this could possibly be a case of MLB delaying the signings.  Take a look at the following quotes:...

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Pirates sign Kevin Kleis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed another later round draft pick, this time it’s 27th round pick Kevin Kleis.  Kleis is out of the JuCo ranks, playing for Grossmont College last year.  He only pitched 16.1 innings in relief, and while he had a good 7.2 K/9 ratio, his control struggled.  Kleis does have a huge frame, at 6′ 8″, 225 pounds, which makes him an interesting option.  He’s also...

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Pirates sign Bryton Trepagnier

I mentioned this earlier today, but it’s now been confirmed: the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 41st round draft pick Bryton Trepagnier.  Trepagnier, a right handed pitcher, came out of the prep ranks, pitching for East St. John high school.  He had a commitment to Bossier Parish Community College after being the staff ace at East St. John. Trepagnier has a projectable frame, at 6′ 5″, 180 pounds.  He...

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