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Draft Signing Rumors: Kramer, Hughston, Helton, Hightower and More

We are already hearing some of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ draft picks have signed, or agreed to sign. Getting right into them with the third round pick, Casey Hughston, who has reportedly already agreed to sign according to Chris Cotillo.

Second round pick Kevin Kramer says that he expects to sign his contract next week, then find out where they will assign him. It will likely be Morgantown.

Ninth round pick Bret Helton has already agreed to sign and plans to be in Pittsburgh on Friday for a physical, followed by reporting to the West Virginia (Morgantown) Black Bears.

Ty Moore, the 12th round pick out of UCLA and teammate of Kramer, told Pirates’ minor league player Trace Tam Sing he will see him soon. I’m guessing that means he will sign.

Logan Ratledge (13th round) is ready to get his career started. As a senior, that is to be expected, no reason to hold out.

Scooter Hightower, taken in the 15th round, says the Pirates called him with an offer and he made the decision 30 seconds later. He is currently awaiting his assignment.

Nick Hibbing has announced he is signing on Twitter and is ready to play. He was taken in the 16th round.

Nick Economos says that he is ready to follow his diamond dreams and he is turning pro. He was taken in the 21st round.

Nathan Trevillian, taken in the 22nd round, tells the Lynchburg News that he plans to turn pro.

Shane Kemp, a college senior taken in the 26th round, said on Instagram that he is excited to be part of such a great organization.

It sounds like 30th round pick Mike Wallace will be signing, as he says “It has always been my dream to be a pro baseball player and he can now say he is living his dream. The article also talks about his hard work paying off.

Troy’s Jordan George has told Pirates Prospects that he has agreed to sign. He was the 35th round pick.

On the flip side, 38th round pick Conor Costello has said that he will be returning to OSU “no matter what” happens in the draft

The coach at Clemson expects 37th round pick shortstop Eli White to return.

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Regardless of what round each player was taken and how much money they sign for, this has to be a VERY exciting time for them – as I imagine most dreamed of being a MLB player since they were little. Now, they have the chance to live that dream and see how far they can go…

Looks like the one HS draftee is going to sign – and he was taken very late…


Good to see some interesting talents signing so quickly. It’s a testament, I think, to the perception of the organization and also an encouraging sign in terms of being able to maybe get a couple of those overslot picks locked up.

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