The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed prep outfielder Conner Uselton, who was selected with the 72nd overall pick last week in the draft. Uselton made the announcement on Twitter this afternoon. You can read about him in the article posted last Monday after he was drafted. No bonus amount was announced and the Pirates likely won’t officially announce the signing until tomorrow. If a bonus figure comes out tonight, we will update it here.
— Conner Uselton (@Conner1Uselton) June 20, 2017
Earlier today, the Pirates announced nine draft signings from last night.
UPDATE 7:15 PM: Calvin Mitchell has also signed. He was selected with the 50th overall pick. His draft announcement can be found here.
UPDATE 7:50 PM: Tenth round pick Beau Sulser, a senior signing, received a $5,000 bonus, which is $129,200 under his slot amount.
UPDATE: 8:30 PM: Uselton signed for $900,000 according to Jim Callis.
Calvin Mitchell signed for full slot value, which was $1,357,300. Jim Callis again with the numbers.
UPDATE 9:30 PM: Fourth round pick Jason Delay is that rare senior that gets paid well. He got a $100,000 bonus according to Jim Callis
UPDATE 11:00 PM: Jonathan Mayo has the bonus info for ninth round pick Bligh Madris, and the Pirates saved a small amount on him. His bonus is $130,000, which is $12,700 under slot. We are only missing Blake Weiman among players who were announced as signed in the top ten rounds.+ posts
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