Jon Sandfort has started the season with seven shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out nine.

The Pirates have had a strategy over the last few years in the draft. Take hard to sign prep pitchers in the middle rounds of the draft, give them over-slot bonuses, and hope they develop into solid starters. With any luck, you'll see one or two pitchers take that unseen leap from a somewhat unknown player to a potential top of the rotation starter.

The Pirates have already seen that twice. Tyler Glasnow is emerging with the potential to be a future ace. Nick Kingham is also emerging with the potential to be a top of the rotation guy. The Pirates had an advantage with those two, in that they could give them both above-slot bonuses. Glasnow received $600,000 in the fifth...

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