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Pirates Announce the Signing of Three More Draft Picks

In what is turning out to be an extremely busy day for draft signings, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that three more players have officially signed. You can find information on all three players in the links highlighted under their name.

John Sever, 20th Rd pick out of Bethune-Cookman.

Jess Amedee, 27th Rd pick out of the University of Texas-Arlington

Luis Paula, 31st Rd pick out of North Carolina

All three players will be assigned to the Pirates new affiliate in Bristol. That makes a total of 21 players that have either signed or agreed to sign already, exactly half of their draft class. You can view all of the signings here on our draft tracker.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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freddylang

I actually like the hard cap more than I thought I would but I think teams need a little more wiggle room to work with to buy kids out of college commits. Even just 500K-1mil

S Brooks

I was thinking the same thing – maybe every team gets one exemption.

Then again, it’s great for NCAA baseball. There must be a couple dozen or more HS prospects who might have signed if teams could offer over slot without penalty, now developing in Division I.

freddylang

I think so on the kids going to college. Also I think plenty of kids are just still signing but for less and getting into camp and into the system earlier, which is a huge win for the kid and for mlb teams.

Matt Beam

One (and maybe only) good thing about the new draft process… tons of guys signing right away, no more of that Boras bull crap at 11:59pm in the middle of August

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