Prospect Notebook: Clay Holmes Pro Debut, No Bunts For Barnes

The Pittsburgh Pirates gave Clay Holmes a $1.2 M signing bonus to break his commitment to Auburn last year. The bonus was a record for a ninth round pick, and is tied for the biggest bonus in Pirates’ history outside of the third round. The right-handed pitcher signed close to the deadline, which prevented him from making his debut until tonight. He certainly didn’t disappoint.¬†Holmes threw five shutout innings, giving up...

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Pirates Save Slot Money on Seventh and Tenth Round Picks

The Pittsburgh Pirates had previously agreed to a deal with seventh round pick Jacob Stallings and tenth round pick Pat Ludwig, both of whom are set to start their pro careers in State College. Baseball America reports that Stallings agreed to a $10,000 deal, which is well below the $148,000 slot price. Ludwig agreed to a $5,000 deal, which is below the $125,000 slot price. The Pirates have now gone under slot with Stallings, Ludwig,...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Seventh Round Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates will agree to terms with seventh round pick Jacob Stallings, Pirates Prospects has learned. The deal isn’t a big surprise, as Stallings was a college senior. The UNC catcher is expected to officially sign on Monday, and will play for the State College Spikes this year. No word yet on the amount he signed for. The slot price for the seventh round pick is $148,000.

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Pirates Draft Jacob Stallings in the Seventh Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates took their second catcher in the draft, selecting Jacob Stallings from the University of North Carolina in the seventh round. The right-handed hitting catcher is a senior, which means he’ll probably be an easy sign, and might not come close to the $148,000 slot price for the Pirates’ seventh round pick. Stallings hit for a .294/.388/.445 line in 238 at-bats this year for North Carolina, with four...

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