Gunnar Hoglund Does Not Sign with Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates failed to reach an agreement with their 36th overall pick Gunnar Hoglund before the draft deadline. He will be attending Ole Miss instead. The Pirates will receive the 37th overall pick in next year’s draft as compensation.

Nothing is official yet, but I’m hearing that they may have signed Duke shortstop Zack Kone at the deadline. Stay tuned for an update on that. He was still weighing his options as of this morning.

More on this news soon. Here’s our draft tracker, which still needs to be updated at the bottom to reflect that Hoglund didn’t sign and the over-slot money available would then be affected by his choice.

Pirates scouting director Joe DelliCarri commented on Hoglund going to Ole Miss over signing.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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