According to an article in the Des Moines Register, right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller has agreed to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will be flying into Pittsburgh on Thursday. No details were released on the signing amount, although Keller said that he got the amount he was looking for. The Pirates took the 6’3″ Keller with the 64th pick overall. He went to Xavier HS in Iowa and had a commitment to North Carolina. His player page can be viewed here.

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.