The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 16th round right-handed pitcher Sam Street, according to the University of Texas Pan American, via Greg Luca on Twitter.
Per UTPA, pitcher Sam Street has officially signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Was pick No. 491, in the 16th round of Saturday's draft.
— Greg Luca (@GregLuca) June 12, 2014
Street was a college senior, so he was expected to sign. He’s an Australian pitcher who came to the US to play college ball. He throws from a low arm slot, sitting just above sidearm, and while he doesn’t have much velocity (83-86 MPH), he has a lot of sink to his fastball, along with plus command. Street also throws a slider and a changeup. Baseball America rated him as the 485th best prospect in the draft, saying that he’s got a chance to be a future middle reliever.
The Pirates have now signed 11 players. The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has all of the signings, including any available bonus information.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.