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Monday, November 28, 2022

Pirates Agree to Deal With 22nd Round Pick, Plus Bonus Information

According to multiple sources, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with prep RHP Nathan Trevillian, who will received a $250,000 bonus, plus the team will pay for four years of college. He had a commitment to Liberty University. Trevillian is 18 years old, 6’2″, 175 pounds and he can hit 90 MPH, mixing his fastball with a mid-70’s curve. You can view his player page here.

We also have bonus information on sixth round pick J.T. Brubaker, who was officially signed on Friday. He got $200,000, which is a savings of $46,500 over his slot amount.

Ninth round pick Bret Helton signed for $150,000, which is $7,600 under his slot amount. Trevillian signed for $150,000 over his slot amount, so at this point, the Pirates are almost $100,000 over their draft bonus pool.

There should be numerous signings announced tomorrow, including first round pick Kevin Newman and #32 overall pick Ke’Bryan Hayes. Only the three picks from Friday have officially been announced, Brubaker, Helton, and eighth round pick Seth McGarry, who hasn’t had his bonus announced yet.

Our draft tracker has been updated.

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Nice to see the team sign the few HS kids they did draft….Hayes and this pitcher now. At the end of the day, I cannot imagine they will have difficulty staying under their draft pool allotment….


I believe that paying for 4 years of college is a standard part of the minor league contract. Ironically, a kid is likely to receive more college money from an MLB team because the NCAA has a limit of around 10 scholarships for each D1 baseball team.

Laurence L

The way the scholarship program works is the team pays half and MLB pays half of the agreed scholarship. It’s almost automatic that college money is offered to the player. A small percentage of players ever use it.

Christopher F

How can they agree to pay for college tuition without it counting as part of the signing bonus? Is there an exemption? If he were to attend an expensive private school (Ivy League, Duke, Georgetown, etc.,), it’s possible that he could double his bonus. Possibly there’s a cap on the amount the Pirates will pay.

Joe S

John – I assume the deferred college promise is a way around the cap? Future cost does not count toward the draft pool allotted dollars. Is this correct?


I like the paying for college move. But I also suppose the Pirates have a pretty good idea of how much money they’ll have for overslot picks if they’ve already signed one.

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