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Pirates Announce Nine Draft Signings, Including Four New Names

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced nine draft pick signings today. The list of the signings are as follows:

Round 2. Mitch Keller, RHP

Comp B. Trey Supak, RHP

7. Nelson Jorge, SS

13. Frank Duncan, RHP

14. Chase Simpson, 3B

17. Michael Clemens, RHP

21. Eric Thomas, CF

22. Eric Karch, RHP

36. Palmer Betts, RHP

We knew about five of these names, including the top two picks, who received $1 M each. The guys we didn’t know about are as follows (full information by clicking on their names):

Nelson Jorge – He’s a shortstop from Puerto Rico, who has the defensive skills to possibly stick at the position long term.

Chase Simpson – College senior and third baseman who will probably get playing time with Jamestown.

Eric Thomas – High school senior who has a ton of speed, but is raw at the plate, and defensively on the field. His arm is also strong enough to pitch, making him good in center field. He might have required an over-slot bonus, since he had a commitment to Sam Houston State.

Palmer Betts – Betts is a college pitcher who has an inconsistent fastball, touching 93 at times. He moved around a lot in college, and didn’t get a chance to get settled anywhere, so maybe the chance to stay in one program will help him out.

The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated.

Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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