The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 11th round pick Max Kranick. No word on the details of the deal. You can view his player page here. He was rated 84th by Baseball America, 88th by Keith Law and 179th by in this draft class. The 18-year-old, 6'3", 200 pound right-hander can touch 95 with his fastball and shows a lot of promise with both his changeup and curve. He is from Valley View HS, in Archbald, Pa.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 2:30 PM: Jim Callis has the the bonus information and it looks like the Pirates got a steal with Kranick, who signed for $300,000. The draft tracker has been updated. The Pirates still have $178,525 left for over-slot deals before going 5% over their bonus pool, which if it happened (it won't) would inc...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.