Pirates Announce the Signing of First Round Pick Shane Baz

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Shane Baz, who was the 12th overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft on Monday night. As expected, he will begin his career with the GCL Pirates. There will be a press conference at 6:00 PM tonight at PNC Park.

Alan Saunders has a statement from Pirates director of amateur scouting Joe DelliCarri, regarding the signing:

More on this later tonight. You can read the article on Shane Baz being taken in the draft here.

UPDATE 8:18 PM: Multiple sources are reporting that Baz signed for $4.1 M, which is $68,000 over-slot.

  • Where will Baz start out? West Virginia? And when?

  • Daryl Restly
    June 16, 2017 8:26 pm

    I have a question that may seem stupid but I’ve never heard anyone ever ask it in baseball. I’ve heard it asked in other professional sports, such as football but the question is this. Among scouts, player development personnel, and former and current GMs, is there a consensus on which team had the greatest draft ever in the history of the modern MLB draft, as far as the players they drafted that year and the amount of success each player had? I know in the NFL, some people talk about the draft the Pittsburgh Steelers had in 1974 where they ended up drafting four Hall of Famers in the first five rounds (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, Mike Webster). Obviously, I don’ think there has ever been a single MLB team draft four future Hall-of-Famers in the same draft. But at the same time, I’d be curious to know what is generally considered the greatest draft by any individual MLB team.

  • When will his actual bonus be known?

  • Hard sign? Great job by management to get this done quickly.