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

Jim Callis notes that Oliva signed for $200,000, which is the slot amount, so no savings with this pick.

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

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.

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  1. It is just great to see these kids smile knowing that they are nearing their dream of playing in the majors. All the best to these young men.

  2. Something finally occurred to me about the signing order when Baz signed.

    It looks like teams are allowed to sign a player to an overslot amount prior to freeing up the money from an under slot player. (I know this is a small overage but the league would not have stopped them from signing him to a ten million dollar contract either.) MLB doesn’t really care I guess because, with the penalties spelled out, only the teams take on the risk.

    That would mean if the plan fell through, the team would pay the price in a penalties and/or loss of draft picks.

    All of this would mean that overslot signings should follow underslot signings…

    • Actually with Baz it wouldn’t even matter because they get to go over their pool by 5%, so they would have been fine signing him and no one else (not that it would happen). I guess there is a risk, but most teams agree to a price before the pick is actually made. If a player backs out on the deal, word gets around, so the player is risking a lot as well. He could end up blackballing himself

      • I was kind of thinking of a situation similar to Lodolo (?) last year. I’m thinking we wouldn’t have signed him first going something like $500,000 over budget. We would probably get some of the under budget guys first or simultaneously. Even to ensure that the under budget guy doesn’t change his mind and go back to school.

        • If you use a guy like Matt Anderson, who was a college senior, he wants to get into pro ball immediately, so there is no risk there. He isn’t going to sit out an entire year for a little bit extra money, that’s counterproductive. If you’re talking about Clark Eagan, he would be throwing away $100,000+ by going back to school as a senior. If he decided not to sign right away, then he would lose money last year too because the Pirates would just lower their offer. They have safety nets in their picks and you’re talking about kids/young men who want to go pro. They don’t have time or the desire to be jerks about the process, that’s not how you want to start your pro career.

      • John or anybody with an answer……..
        On this issue of agreeing to the price before the pick……….I was watching the college World Series and the announcers repeated the story that the Twins called McKay and told him he was going to be their choice at number one overall. He told them the number he wanted, they don’t like it and he slips to Tampa Bay at number four.
        What real leverage did McKay have if Minnesota had drafted him?
        Would he re-enter the draft next year after four years of college or would he be free to sign with anyone? That does not seem to be worth the risk of injury measured against the difference in bonus money between his ask of Minnesota and where they end up. What am I missing?

        • He would re-enter the draft if he didn’t sign. He wouldn’t be a free agent until the 2019 draft because whoever took him next year would have a year to sign him. The leverage he had is that he could wait until the last minute to decide and the Twins couldn’t do anything over-slot with their remaining bonus pool. Not only would they have lost that $7.7 M in bonus pool allowance, that also comes with an extra 5% they could spend over their bonus pool. So you’re talking almost $400,000 for other picks that he is holding hostage.

            • Signing deadline is July 7th for everyone except college seniors. They have to wait until the next draft to become a free agent. They could sign any one of them between now and next June

              • that would be a nice test the teams have to offer a college seniors a contract for the 1 year control to happen?

                • No, seniors have nowhere else to go, so no reason for them not to sign. What are they going to hold out for, less money? And where would they get better? They can’t play anywhere significant. Players aren’t just randomly taken in the draft like that, so you wouldn’t come across a senior taken in the draft who doesn’t sign. Maybe a high draft pick who feels like they are getting lowballed because of their status, but that very rarely happens to begin with and the team that takes them wants them.

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