Pirates Notebook: Did MLB stand in the way of draft signings?

There’s been a lot of talk going around that the MLB commissioner’s office has been putting pressure on teams to wait until later in the draft pick signing process before announcing any above slot deals. It started with some rumblings from Baseball America. Then there was a Peter Gammons report that suggested a team in the Central with poor success over the last few years had agreed to an above slot deal with their fourth...

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Pirates Notebook: Is the draft a success?

Let’s rewind the clock back to the morning of June 9th, about seven hours before the draft. Rumors were slowly creeping out that the Pirates would draft Tony Sanchez with the number four pick, ranked as the 32nd best prospect in the draft according to Baseball America. Later in the day Keith Law would break the news that the Pirates had reached a pre-draft deal with Sanchez, which sent most Pirates fans in to a frenzy. My...

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Pirates sign Zack Von Rosenberg

According to John Perrotto, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed sixth round pick Zack Von Rosenberg, arguably their top priority signing after first round pick Tony Sanchez. ZVR signed for $1.2 M, which is $875 K more than eighth round pick Colton Cain received, and in line with the MLB estimated slot price for the 26th overall pick in the draft. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated with the signing and the bonus figure. Here is...

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Pirates Notebook: The myth of above slot signings

There seems to be a common misconception about signing players above slot. Every time I see someone talking about what it will take to sign our “signability” picks, it’s always the same talk: “With $4 M left to spend, we only have enough to sign 4-5 more picks.” “Zach Von Rosenberg and Billy Cain will probably cost us $3 M total.” “We really need to sign Parker Bangs and Zach Nuding to...

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Pirates Notebook: Big Weekend for the Pirates

According to Chuck Finder of the PPG, two Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks will be in town this weekend for what amounts to a “recruiting visit”. Those players are sixth round pick Zach Von Rosenberg, and eighth round pick Billy Cain. Both pitchers are high school players with college commitments. ZVR is committed to LSU, who recently won a National Championship. Cain is committed to Texas, the team that LSU beat to win the...

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