The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the signing of four draft picks on Friday night. They have signed 36th overall pick Thomas Harrington, 44th overall pick Hunter Barco and third round pick Jack Brannigan. They also added eighth round pick Cy Nielson tonight. All players are initially assigned to the FCL Pirates.
Here are the player pages/reports for all four players. The signing deadline this year is August 1st at 5 PM, so expect the signings to roll in quickly.
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.