The Pittsburgh Pirates signed their seventh round pick on Monday night, outfielder Jared Oliva. The University of Arizona baseball team announced the contract signing on Twitter
— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) June 20, 2017
Jim Callis notes that Oliva signed for $200,000, which is the slot amount, so no savings with this pick.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 20, 2017
There is also news that second round pick Calvin Mitchell was reportedly signing today. He is one we haven’t heard about before. Expect a mass announcement, as we have heard that numerous players either signed today, or they are signing tomorrow. Pirate City cleared out the players heading to Bristol this season on Monday to make room for the drafted players coming in, who will eventually head to one of the three short-season clubs. So we could hear around 20 names when the Pirates finally make an announcement, usually in the form of a press release.
With ten college seniors chosen in the draft, that’s a good number of them right there. Among non-seniors, fifth round pick Deon Stafford, sixth rounder Cody Bolton, 19th rounder Jake Webb, 21st rounder Robbie Glendinning, 22nd rounder Brett Pope and 23rd rounder Ben Bengtston are all signing, so there are another six names. Plus early prep picks Steven Jennings and Conner Uselton both seemed likely to sign soon, though they might not be among the first group announced.
Full draft tracker can be found here. We will be updating it as soon as all these names become official.
UPDATE 9:00 AM: Fifth round pick Deon Stafford signed his contract this morning
— Reynolds Sports (@Reynolds_Sports) June 20, 2017
Bligh Madris signed last night. He was the ninth round pick. We should hear some bonus information today as well. Keep checking back here, although if any of the high upside prep players are signed today, we will probably start a new article.
— Bligh Madris (@Bligh_Guy) June 20, 2017