The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Connor Joe, the 39th overall pick. They acquired the pick from the Miami Marlins for reliever Bryan Morris. Joe announced the signing on Twitter Monday night.
— Connor Joe (@cojo__18) June 17, 2014
No terms of the deal were immediately announced, but his signing bonus will have a big impact on what the Pirates do with their remaining unsigned picks that will require over-slot bonuses. Joe’s draft spot had a value of $1,457,600.
The Pirates announced Joe as an outfielder, though he can also play catcher and first base. He will likely report to Jamestown this week.
You can read more about Joe on his player page.
Ninth round pick Kevin Krause is the only Pirates picks in the top ten rounds that hasn’t signed yet.
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