For the last few years the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone heavy on the over-slot deals for high school pitching prospects. Last year was no different, with two of the big signings being seventh rounder Jake Burnette and ninth rounder Clayton Holmes. Burnette received a $550 K over-slot deal, while Holmes received a $1.2 M bonus, which set a ninth round record.
Burnette signed on August 1st. Holmes signed close to the deadline on August 15th. If you didn't know any better, you'd think they signed together as a package deal. It seems like everywhere you go at Pirate City, if you see one of these two, you're bound to see the other.
Last week the two were throwing live batting practice on separate fields. Holmes finished and immediately went over to watch Burnette. On Tue...
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