In an expected move, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed fifth round pick Brandon Waddell, with the news coming from Waddell’s Twitter account.

Waddell is a late signing due to his time pitching in the College World Series, in which he played a big role in UVA’s championship run. The Pirates haven’t officially announced the move yet, but he should go to Morgantown when everything is finalized, and should pitch out of their rotation. For more on Waddell, check out his player page.

UPDATE 12:59 PM: Waddell received $315,000, which is slightly under slot.


Update 1:10 PM: The Pirates also signed 36th round pick James Marvel, a right-handed pitcher out of Duke. The 21-year-old missed the entire 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery, but showed some promise his first two seasons. You can view his player page here. He will head to Bradenton where he will continue his rehab process.

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      • He’s got some talent if he can stay healthy, but he’s definitely on the older side at 21, right?

        • Well he is the right age for a junior, so there is nothing wrong there. He will have to make up for the lost time, but he was putting up good numbers before he got hurt and he was on the right track to go much higher if he was healthy.

          • He will definitely be a fresh arm with only 42 innings pitched as a Freshman (second best ERA pitchers over 25 IP), and then only 25 IP as a Soph before injuring his elbow. At the time he was 2-2, 1.78 ERA. 6’4″ 200 from Cali and led his team to 2 state championships in Division II? Drafted by Minnesota in the 36th Round out of HS.

  1. Finally. Good news. Seems like the all star break is going on forever. Can’t wait till we get back to the season Friday night. Let’s Go Bucs!

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