The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed another one of their top draft choices, this time signing fourth round pick Taylor Gushue. Jim Callis reports that the catcher received the full slot value of $388,800.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 12, 2014
Gushue has the potential to be a solid all-around catcher. He was younger than most of the college players in the draft, due to enrolling in school a semester early. He spent his first year playing behind Mike Zunino at Florida, then started as the full time catcher his sophomore season. He’s a switch hitter with a compact swing from both sides, and has the chance for average power one day. Defensively he needs some work, but has an average arm, quick release, and a good frame behind the plate.
The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the move.