Last night, we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates reached an agreement with their second round pick Kevin Kramer. They made the signing official on Wednesday morning, along with three other later round draft picks. Kramer signed for $850,000, which is $144,500 below his slot value. That means the Pirates will be able to use the savings from his pick and put it towards over-slot picks from later rounds.
Kramer will report to the Morgantown club, where first round pick Kevin Newman will also start his career. It will be interesting to see how the Pirates split up time at shortstop between the two high draft picks. They said they intend to keep Newman at shortstop, so Kramer could move to second base, with occasional starts at shortstop.
The other draft picks announced today were 20th round pick Tanner Anderson, 21st rounder Nicholas Economos and 30th round pick Mike Wallace. Other players have already been signed, mostly the college seniors, and they should be announced soon. Logan Ratledge, who was taken in the 13th round, has already signed and 12th round pick Ty Moore is taking his physical today, but neither has been officially announced. You can find the player pages for all these players on our draft tracker.
Economos has been assigned to the GCL, while Wallace and Anderson will head to Bristol.