The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed second round pick Travis McGregor to a $900,000 bonus, which is $48,900 below the slot value. They have now saved $344,100 on signing bonuses from players in the top ten round. Along with the 5% teams are allowed to go over-slot without incurring severe penalties, the Pirates can now spend an extra $684,425 on over-slot deals (updated below). The Pirates have yet to sign 41st overall pick Nick Lodolo, third round pick Stephen Alemais, and fourth round pick Braeden Ogle. Those are the last three picks from the top ten rounds who are still unsigned. Ogle and Lodolo could received over-slot deals, while 11th round pick Max Kranick would be the top target for an over-slot deal after the tenth round.

MacGregor was a surprise pick in the second round according to numerous sources, but Prep Baseball Report did mention that he had a really good showing within two weeks of the draft and moved up significantly in their rankings. He is a 6’3″ righty out of East Lake HS in Florida. The 18-year-old MacGregor can hit 94 MPH with his fastball and his changeup and curve are average pitches at this point. You can view his player page here. Our draft tracker has been updated.

UPDATE: 6:20 PM: Well, that didn’t take long to get another bonus number and more savings for the Pirates. Third round pick Stephen Alemais signed for $500,000, which is 68,400 below slot. Just to update those numbers from up top, they now have $752,825 to spend on over-slot deals. Alemais is a glove-first shortstop, who projects to stay at the position. His bat does not get good marks, so he may top out at a utility player in the future, but the glove will add value. You can view his player page here.

UPDATE 6:30 PM: Pirates Prospects has learned that the following draft picks have been signed and will be heading to Bristol:

John Pomeroy, 13th round

Adam Oller, 20th

Mark Eckelman, 21st

Garrett Brown, 23rd

Robbie Coursel, 26th

Tyler Leffler, 27th

Geoff Hartlieb, 29th

Jordan Jess, 31st

Craig Dedelow, 34th (UPDATED: Dedelow agreed to a deal and was going to be assigned to Bristol, but he has since decided to return to school)

Pasquale Mazzoccoli, 35th

You can find all of the player pages here on our updated draft tracker.

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35 COMMENTS

  1. Stephen Alamais= no reaason to have drafted at all- offers nothing we don’t already have over supplied in the closet already

  2. I’m surprised they had to offer $900k to MacGregor. Wouldn’t it have made sense to low ball the shortstop from Tulane? If he signs, they save money for other picks…if he walks away they save more? We have a lot of weak hitting infielders, do we really need another? We could have used that money towards one of the unsigned HS kids…

    • Alemais was being talked about as a potential 1st round pick a few months ago. And you can’t piss off high picks with low-ball offers; if they don’t sign their slot value is removed in its entirety from your draft pool. So no, if they don’t sign him it doesn’t “save money,” it costs it.

  3. Still can’t imagine it takes much more than the $1.5 million slot value for Lodolo. So if they can go just a little over for Ogle ($650k maybe?) then they could give Kranick around $500k which would be 80k less than what Hinsz got in 2014.

    • Lodolo didn’t say what he wanted, but he did say that he priced himself high with the expectations to go to school. If he sticks by that, then it could be a higher price than you think

            • With Kranick being the 11th round pick, it gave them a chance to contact players after the 2nd day of the draft and find out what it would take to sign them. Kranick may not have been their first choice, but he was definitely the best player (according to them) who fit under the bonus cap. I assume they wouldn’t have taken him if it would end up costing them Lodolo and the 42nd pick next year really isn’t that exciting that you would just punt the pick this year. Lodolo gave teams a price he wanted ahead of time, so they knew what they were getting into with him. Ogle already said he was signing right after he was picked, so that bonus was agreed upon ahead of time.

    • Law didn’t like him and neither did Jim Callis, but Prep Baseball Report saw him live a lot and their reports got better as they went along, with the last one being late May. I wouldn’t be surprised if they saw him more than everyone else.

      • Law basically said most of his connections in scouting world had no clue who he even was. There’s a pretty strong gap from thinking a guy was overdrafted to a lot of scouts apparently thinking he was worst pick in draft. NH is on a roll this year.

        • I agree it was a bad pick, but like I said, he was pitching well at the end of the season, so if someone only saw him in March/April, they missed a lot. PBR has many reports on him and they kept getting better. Their last report said he should be drafted fairly high and it was from May 28th

          • so, it was a bad pick – and then we double down on it by throwing $900k to the kid? I thought we had the management team in baseball?

            • I guessing they took him in the second round because he wanted $900,000 and that’s where they could save money with his pick. If they waited until the third round, then they would have to go over-slot for him. They knew what he wanted before the pick was made and let’s face it, you’re not buying a kid out of a Clemson commit cheap. They didn’t make the pick hoping to get him cheaper than $900K. If they did, they had until July 15th to negotiate.

  4. John, if a high school player does not sign with the drafting team and goes to college on a baseball scholarship does that player receive from the college a full scholarship or a partial scholarship and if so what do they usually receive? If they do not get a free education how can they turn down the bonus offer, if it is a significant amount?

    • It’s an investment in an opportunity to learn and grow as a player in college and improve their draft position with their performance there so they can get a bigger bonus when they get drafted again.

    • Most players get a full scholarship if they commit to a school. Some HS players just don’t feel like they are ready to get into pro ball and want to have the college experience and an education to fallback on.

      • Just to clarify. While the super elite players may have full scholarships, the majority of HS players who get drafted only have partials. Under NCAA rules, a school can only give out a max of 11.7 scholarships, yet the average roster size is about 35. The 11.7 scholarships can be spread among 27 players – and giving out partial scholarships, even to very good players, is common.

        • This is also why many many high school players will sign if drafted relatively high. The cash plus education is more than they would’ve garnered otherwise. Also, after the draft some scholarships will become available.

  5. Swear I just saw Tim twit that Alemais signed saving a bundle. Curious to see who the lotto winners are in the 10-20 rounders.

      • And now it’s finally up! good eyes Darkstone Hopefully he can scoop like Gift and rake like Frazier.

        • I’m pretty underwhelmed with our draft this year as last year…and with our offseason last year. Some confidence is wavering for me. It hasn’t been lost, but there certainly are concerns.

          • I think it could be a decent draft if they can sign all these prep pitchers. It looks a lot like 2014 minus Cole Tucker and plus one prep pitcher. Will Craig matches up with Connor Joe but Craig had two extremely productive years in college compared to Joe’s one. This draft will come down to whether Craig’s bat makes the transition, the prep pitchers, and then there might be some utility/bench options.

  6. I didn’t expect us to save money on this pick. That’s a solid amount of overslot dollars to spend.

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