Yesterday morning we heard that Gunnar Hoglund, the 36th overall pick, was at Pirate City on Monday, before being drafted. With day two of the draft, we didn't have time to confirm the information, but it really didn't matter, as Hoglund had already been drafted by the Pirates.
However, when a report came out on Tuesday that he had agreed to a deal with the team already, it wasn't a big surprise to us. That's most likely what was going on at Pirate City on Monday, with the Pirates making sure they knew his price tag.
That's the draft these days. It seems with about 99% of the picks taken in the top ten rounds, the team already knows what it will take to sign the player before they draft them. There's the rare case of a guy like Nick Lodolo in the second round in 2016, where a player ...
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