Pirates Draft Signing Recap: Is the System to Blame For Appel Not Signing?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are facing a problem that they haven’t faced in the last several years: they were unable to reach a deal with a draft pick that was considered a difficult sign. In years past, all the Pirates had to do was throw money at the draft pick to get a deal done. This year, Major League Baseball reworked the draft to limit spending. The end result was that the Pirates were unable to sign first round pick Mark...

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Draft Signing Updates: Thomas, Hurst

Mark Appel didn’t sign. Here’s more news. **Fourth round pick Brandon Thomas also didn’t sign. He will return to Georgia Tech for his senior year. **17th round pick Hayden Hurst received a $400,000 bonus.  That left the Pirates with $84,400 for over-slot deals. No word on whether they used that on anyone...

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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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Draft Day Three Recap: Prep Players, Pittsburgh Kids, and Tommy John

The 2012 Major League Baseball Draft concluded today with rounds 16-40. Day one is the best chance to see a potential star being drafted, with a lot of top talent going in the first and compensation rounds. You see some interesting players taken on day two, and some of those guys could go on to be impact players, or just starters in the majors. Things are different on day three, especially now that spending has been restricted. Day...

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Rounds 16-20: Pirates Go Heavy on Pitching

The Pittsburgh Pirates went heavy on right handed pitchers in rounds 16-20, taking a pitcher in four of their five picks. Below are the reports on each player. For more information, click their names to go to their player pages. 16th Round, 496th Overall: Max Moroff, SS, Prep Moroff is a switch hitting shortstop from Trinity Prep in Orlando, Florida. He’s 6′ 0″, 175 pounds, and a switch hitting shortstop. Moroff has...

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