Links to Previous Draft Coverage:

Day One: Pirates Draft Gerrit Cole

Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round

Day Three: Pirates Go Heavy on Bats

2011 Draft Pick Player Pages

2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker

August 15th will be just as important as the draft, to see if the Pirates sign Bell and Cole.

Thanks to MLB’s misbegotten efforts to control draft bonuses, August 15 has become nearly as important an event as the draft itself. That’s the deadline for signing draft picks, with the exception of players who have no college eligibility remaining. The deadline has more than the usual significance for the Pirates this year, because their draft is remarkably easy to sum up: If they sign both Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell, it’s a great draft. ...

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