The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced nine draft pick signings this morning. Some we announced last night, but here is the full list along with their round. I’ve included links to the draft articles for all of the players in the top ten rounds:
4. Jason Delay
7. Jared Oliva
8. Blake Weiman
9. Bligh Madris
10. Beau Sulser
13. Tristan Gray
15. Gavin Wallace
24. Nick Valaika
As mentioned last night, there are more players signing today. These all appear to be from yesterday, while a number of players are signing today, or have agreed to sign, such as sixth round pick Cody Bolton, 16th round pick Hunter Stratton and 19th round pick Jake Webb. We may not hear those signings until tomorrow.
Jason Delay and Nick Valaika will report to Bristol. With Delay going there, that’s a senior college catcher with excellent defense, who will be in charge of a young pitching staff with a ton of upside, so that’s an important assignment. Normally he would be going to Morgantown, but he could help the Pirates out a lot more by working with the Bristol staff.
The rest of the players will report to Morgantown. Expect to hear some bonus amounts throughout the day. We will post them here. Keep updated with our draft tracker, which has player pages for all of the players above.
UPDATE: 5:40 PM: Deon Stafford signed for $315,000 according to Jonathan Mayo, so there was some savings there for the Pirates. They are still slightly over their pool with the three known bonuses, but that should change when the rest from today come out. Draft tracker has been updated.