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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Pirates Sign 11th Round Pick Max Kranick to Over-Slot Deal

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 MLB.com 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 include the loss of a draft pick. Nick Lodolo, the 41st overall pick, remains unsigned, so that bonus money could possibly go towards signing him, or be put towards someone else after the 11th round.

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John … Which one of the remaining 11 unsigned guys (13 minus the two that reneged) would you throw the extra money towards?

Edward C

Now we have the answer. Now go get Lodolo. At least if Lodolo does not sign we get a draft pick next year.

Zach H

Could they still get a competitive balance pick too next year? It would be very interesting to possibly have three picks in the top 45.

Edward C

I don’t think the two are connected. I am sure that the Pirates would rather sign Lodolo than get the extra pick next year. However it turned out well the last time it happened.

Zach H

The last time the pick was a little higher than 42. But I agree. I’d rather have Lodolo as well. I was just wondering. It would be interesting to see what all they could do with the giant bonus pool they’d get from that.


Good signing. …need to get the second round pick signed now

Stephen Searle

I think they will get Lodolo for a little less than slot value and that they knew the range they would be spending on Lodolo before they signed Max. Lodolo was a projected 4th rnd pick. Picking him earlier gave him a huge jump in bonus money. So if he thought he was going to be drafted in the 4th and wanted more than fourth rnd money but was asking for less than the 1.5 his slot now is he may agree to less and the Pirates may have know this all along. I like the upside arms but still am unsure I like the Craig and Almais picks. Time will tell.


And there was much rejoicing!

Darren G

Great signing and great draft signing analysis by Mr. Dreker. I agree, no way would the Pirates sacrifice next year’s draft pick. Especially since only two other high school picks left besides Lodolo, so no value it going crazy and signing every pick regardless of cost.


Nice! Now sign Lodolo, and this draft looks really solid from the high-upside arms perspective.


That is great news. I am glad to see the Pirates get a little away from the RHP’s over 6’5″. That 6’3 to 6’5 range seems to be better for balance and mechanics.


I would think Lodolo is probably out then right? I was under the impression Kranick was a contingency plan if Lodolo didn’t sign. It’d be neat to sign both but now I would imagine they go back to Lodolo saying we have X amount of dollars left without losing a draft pick, please sign or good luck in college. We can’t go a penny over.


I get it. Took me a minute. You’d need Lodolo to sign and free up money by going under the slot.


The lack of a signing does not give you any additional pool money from that unsigned slot?

J Nader

No, the only way to get additional pool money is to sign someone below their slot amount. If they don’t sign, their entire slot disappears.


Their slot their slot plus 5%

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