The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17th round pick right-handed pitcher Ryan Harbin. The 17-year-old from Bartow Senior HS in Florida improved his velocity and his control late during his senior season, raising his draft stock, but his bonus demands likely dropped him out of second day consideration. He’s the first known over-slot signing for the Pirates taken after the tenth round this year. The Pirates have now signed 30 of their 42 picks.
Congratulations to RHP Ryan Harbin on signing with the Pirates. pic.twitter.com/EIJXoBp04C
— Full Circle SM (@FullCircleSM) June 19, 2019
Jim Callis has the numbers and his deal was well over the $125,000 slot for picks after the tenth round. The Pirates still need to sign fourth round pick JC Flowers and ninth round pick Ethan Paul before we know their final total available for over-slot picks, but this $272,500 going to Harbin takes a major portion of the current money available.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 19, 2019
The updated numbers in our draft tracker shows that the Pirates could spend up to $386,000 more over-slot before the would lose a draft pick for going over their 5% (that won’t happen). That number will change once Flowers and Paul sign. Flowers will likely be near his slot, but Paul as a college senior could sign for $50,000, which is what the Pirates gave Logan Stoelke and Michael Gretler last year in the ninth and tenth rounds as seniors.