Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three High 2019 Draft Picks


The Pittsburgh Pirates finished their draft less than a week ago, but they already are signing some of their top picks.  The Bucs announced three more signings last night.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of Major League Baseball took part in the annual Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.  The Bucs had the 18th overall pick to go along with three other picks on the first day of the Draft.

The Bucs have already signed their first-round pick Quinn Priester.  They took Priester with the 18th overall selection, which came with a slot allotment of $3.48 million.  The Bucs signed Priester for $3.40 million, saving them $80,000 against their draft bonus pool.

As of last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed a few more of their top picks.  First, it was announced that the Bucs had agreed to terms with Competitive Balance B selection Jared Triolo.  Triolo was selected by the Bucs with their last pick of the first night at number 72 overall.

The 72nd overall carries a bonus slot value of $870,700. The Bucs agreed to those terms with the now former Houston third baseman.  Triolo is an intriguing right-handed third base prospect who has projectable power and the tools to play a solid third base.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates did not save money with their signing of Triolo, however they did save some of their bonus allotment with a couple other of their top picks.  The Pirates also agreed to terms with their second-round pick, Indiana University outfielder Matt Gorski.

The team used the number 57 overall pick on Gorski, which carried a slot-value of $1.24 million.  The Pirates signed Gorski to $1.20 million, saving the team about $40,000.  In Gorski, the Bucs are getting a big, projectable, power hitting outfielder.

The last pick the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with is third-round pick Matt Fraizer.  The Bucs used the 95th overall pick on Fraizer, which carries a value of $610,800.  The Pirates agreed with Fraizer to a deal with $525,000, as the team saved them another $85,000.

So far, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed four of their top five picks from this year’s draft.  The team still needs to come to terms with Sammy Siani, the team’s pick at number 37 overall.  The high school outfielder is committed to Duke, so he could take a little bit of an over-slot deal.  His pick value is at $2 million.

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The Pirates have saved about $400,000 against the draft pool.  This is a big chunk of change that can be used toward Siani and other prep players.  Meanwhile, it looks like the Pirates got a few solid prospects with power potential signed already.

*Bonuses from the MLB Draft Tracker