The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed second round left-handed pitcher Hunter Barco, according to Jim Callis.
2nd-rder Hunter Barco signs with @Pirates for $1,525,000 (slot 44 = $1,776,100). @GatorsBB LHP, deceptive fastball to 95, sweeping slider, solid changeup. Looked like certain 1st-rder before Tommy John surgery this spring. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 22, 2022
The deal for Barco is $1,525,000, which comes in under slot by about $250,000. Barco is returning from Tommy John, which he just underwent in May. If he returns in the same form on the other side of the injury, he’s got the stuff and command to move quickly to the majors, with a chance at being a starter. For more on Barco, check out his player page.
In today’s premium article drop, I wrote about why Barco is still the most interesting pick in the draft for me, after Termarr Johnson.