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Draft Signing Rumors: Reese McGuire, Taylor, Kuhl, Carle And More

Reese McGuire is one of the many draft picks who is already looking to go pro. - Image Credit: Getty Images
Reese McGuire is one of the many draft picks who is already looking to go pro. – Image Credit: Getty Images

With the MLB draft in the books after three long days, the Pittsburgh Pirates will now get some of these players into camp immediately. It usually starts with the obvious ones, the college seniors that have no more eligibility. The Pirates will hold a mini-camp early next week at their facility in Bradenton for drafted players, where they will sign their contracts and get acclimated to the system before being assigned to a team.

Here is a roundup of the players who have announced their intentions to sign already, with links to articles. Their player page with all their information can be found below as well. We will add to this page today if more become available.

Reese McGuire, 1st round – Yesterday we posted that McGuire told Jessica Quiroli that he has decided to go pro. Player page

Blake Taylor, 2nd round –  Told his local paper that he is “pretty sure he will sign with the Pirates.”  Player Page

Chad Kuhl, 9th round – He was called by the Pirates right before they selected him to see if he was ready to go pro, so he will sign. Player Page

Shane Carle , 10th round – Says he will forego his senior year and is eager to sign to get his pro career started. Player Page

Danny Collins, 13th round – Went to Twitter to say he is ready to be a part of the Pirates. Player Page

Justin Topa, 17th round – He is looking forward to continuing his career with the Pirates. He is a college senior. Player Page

Jeff Roy, 18th round – Also on Twitter, Roy had a conversation with Collins about being teammates. Player Page

Justin Maffei, 25th round – Says he will begin his career in the Gulf Coast League in this articlePlayer Page

Mike Fransoso, 27th round – Indicates that he will be going to Bradenton in the next couple days to sign. Player Page

**UPDATE**

Adam Frazier, 6th round – This article says the Mississippi State shortstop will likely sign. Player Page

Brett McKinney, 19th round – The college senior thanks everyone he knows in this tweet, indicating he is ready to sign. Players Page

Adam Landecker, 21st round – A Twitter update from the senior from USC, ready to get his pro career started. Player Page

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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.

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pitwalker18

Will you put up a Draft Signing Tracker like last year?

danrb10

My question is about Jacoby Jones. I watched him play about 5 games this year in the infield. He seems pretty smooth and I’m not sure why we would plug him as an outfielder without exhausting chances at at least 2nd.

Patrick21301806

John,
Still early, of course, but is it likely Meadows will sign as well? And if he does is it likely we will go through the whole wait until midnight of the day of the deadline ordeal?

Kenny Moore

I really hope that NH can sign our top 5 players drafted and get them in the minors this year.

Lee Young

Who is Meadows’ agent?

Foo

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