On Saturday morning in the Gulf Coast League, right-handed pitcher Max Kranick made his season debut. It's not where he expected to be at this point, but he will take it.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Kranick in the 11th round of the 2016 amateur draft. He was rated as a much higher pick, but teams passed on him early due to bonus demands. The Pirates made him their first selection on day three of the draft and signed him to a $300,000 bonus, which was $200,000 over-slot.

Kranick went to the GCL after signing last year and made nine appearances, posting a 2.43 ERA over 33.1 innings, showing excellent control of his fastball and solid secondary pitches, which led to a 21:4 SO/BB ratio. His control of a low-90s fastball from an easy delivery, along with an advanced changeup and proje...

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