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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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.