According to Chris Cotillo, the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement to sign first round pick Kevin Newman and the deal will be close to the slot amount. The Pirates took the Arizona shortstop with the 19th overall pick on Monday.  The slot amount for the 19th pick is $2,273,800. You can read more on Newman here, which includes a link to his player page at the bottom.

We heard a few days ago that the Pirates also agreed on a deal with third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, who was taken 13 picks after Newman. He deal should be announced by the team on Monday.

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  1. With this pending signing and the recent discussions on Huntington’s evolving draft strategy, it might be a good time to ask this … I’d love to see an article on how successful the Pirates have actually been at drafting (excluding Rene’s international picks) during the Huntington era.

    I know they’re minors have consistently been rated highly the last few years but this is now his 8th draft. If you look at our impact players (pitching/hitting starters and late inning relievers), he has only drafted three – Alvarez, Mercer, and Cole. Is that a reasonable haul?

    • no, but there are some in the pipe line, but rene kind of winning right now. could be why they have cooled on prep pitchers/players.

    • You also have to look at what prospects have brought to the MLB team….guys like Byrd,Melancon aren’t had without bargaining chips. So that’d definitely be a fun article, but would have to add in those factors as well.

      • Buddy Borden for Sean Rodriguez, and don’t forget Blake Taylor for Ike Davis. Some work, and some do not work. Remember when the Mets were juggling Duda and Davis trying to figure out how to go?

        • Ugh…Duda sure would have looked good in that lineup…last year AND this year. Lol. But really, who knew?

    • The 2008 draft also yielded Justin Wilson who became Francisco Cervelli. That’s pretty good use of a 5th rounder. As for 2009 and 2010, aside from Tony Sanchez and Colton Cain in part leading to the acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez, there hasn’t been a whole lot from the Huntington drafts.

      • Consider that most of the high draft picks have been high school and take 2-3 years longer to get to the majors, and you really can’t say much yet, but by the end of 2016 I think you need to see some of those players contributing

        • This. Well said, and crucial to much of the draft strategy of the last 2-3 years. When going heavy on HS talent, it takes longer to see results. So one cant get a full picture of the success to draft and develop just yet.

      • I would agree that trade pieces should be considered, but I would propose that Cain, Black, Wilson, and others should be judged on how they are doing in the majors. If Huntington is trading them at peak value, that’s more of a trading skill set than a drafting one. I know we are all sensitive to our nemesis the Cards but it feels (no data to back this up) that they are constantly bringing draft choices up to the majors. Maybe that’s because they draft college vs high school as y2 mentions below…

    • you have to include anyone who was also traded for someone who is a starter on the team- so include Cervelli there, and you can’t really fault him that Polanco and Marte were INT signinings and Walker and McCutchen were drafted before he got there

  2. Wasting no time getting the top ten rounds of picks under contract I see.

    Good, once they finish that, they can figure out which overslot guys they can get.

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