Draft Signing Updates: Meadows, Jones, Borden, and More

There haven't been many updates on Austin Meadows. - Image Credit: Getty Images
There haven’t been many updates on Austin Meadows. – Image Credit: Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Pirates officially signed Reese McGuire yesterday. That leaves them with four of their top ten round picks left to sign, including their first pick, Austin Meadows. Here are some updates on each player in the top ten rounds, as well as a few players outside of those rounds.

**There haven’t been many updates on Meadows. This article in the Clemson Insider talks to Meadows and talks about the waiting game and how he has until July 12th to sign. Outside of that, it doesn’t really say much about whether he will sign or not. I really don’t see Meadows going to Clemson.

**For those wondering who advises Meadows, it’s Excel Sports Management. Here is a list of their MLB clients.

**LSU was eliminated by UNC in the College World Series. That means JaCoby Jones can now sign. This article from Sports NOLA says that Jones is likely to sign. It also says that 32nd round pick Christian Ibarra is expected to return to LSU.

**On the College World Series front, Mississippi State has advanced, and will play their next game on June 21st. That means we won’t see sixth round pick Adam Frazier signing anytime soon. He should sign after the tournament, and will likely head to Jamestown to be their starting shortstop.

**I’ve heard that seventh round pick Buddy Borden is looking for over-slot. The slot price for the seventh round pick is $180,400.

**11th round pick Erich Weiss will be playing in the Cape Cod League this summer, where the Pirates will continue to scout him. Weiss hasn’t made a decision on signing.

  • The Bucs right now are about $500k under budget, but Kozikowski is not included in that. Weiss and Borden are apparently also going to be over-slot. if they sign, although I’m not sure why Weiss would be a tough sign. And assuming Meadows has an agent, I doubt that he will be involved in the negotiations until they get a number agreed upon with the agent.

    I can’t imagine JaCoby being a terribly tough sign, LSU is going to have very few players back next year, and $600K is a lot of money. And I suspect the Bucs will be willing to go up to Frazier money to sign Meadows, but they’d probably rather not pay the tax (75% of $500K may not sound much when it’s somebody else’s money, but we’d all take it a lot more seriously if asked to contribute).

  • Tim: As usual, just what I was looking for after the signing of Reese McGuire. I do not think Meadows will pass up the opp and I would not be concerned if the Pirates paid him the same as Clint Frazier (No. 5, $3.5 mil). I think he would sign for that or we can wait to see what happens with No. 6 Moran and No. 7 Trey Ball – his number will be closer to them than to the guy the Royals took at No. 8. If the Pirates run over I would not mind paying a fine, but we should not give up a draft pick. LSU had 8 Seniors dominating the team, so I would not expect JaCoby Jones to want to spend his Senior year in that condition. He could possibly ask and get overslot dollars, and I think he is worth it – just turned 21 and can play any position in the infield.

  • “We aren’t having many conversations right now. I am just waiting to hear everything,” Meadows told TheClemsonInsider.com.,…”I am just sitting back waiting to hear more.”

    I wonder how these negotiations typically play out under the new agreement. Isn’t it just a question of how many thousand dollars over slot he can get the Pirates to give him?