The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with at least two of their draft picks so far, Pirates Prospects has learned. Sixth round pick Tyler Eppler and 18th round pick Erik Lunde have agreed to terms and will be signing soon.
Eppler is a right-handed pitcher from Sam Houston State, and was drafted as a college junior. Lunde is a college senior, and played second base as Lander University. Both players are expected to go to Jamestown, due to their age.
There are a few other names that we’ve heard will be signing either today or tomorrow. We’re working to confirm those, and will have updates as they come in. For more on the first two players, check out their player pages.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.