The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they signed Duke shortstop Zack Kone, who was their 13th round pick. He received a $166,700 bonus, which came within dollars of maxing out the 5% they are allowed to go over their bonus pool.
Kone was rated much higher at times this season, and Baseball America ranked him as the 228th best player in this draft class. He has put up a decent average all three years of college, even playing full-time as a freshman. His power has gone up each year, though he doesn’t project to be a power hitter in the pros.
Here’s his player page.
The Pirates signed a total of 33 players in this draft class.
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