The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 12th round draft pick Tyler Filliben and 17th round pick Michael Clemens. Filliben announced his signing was official on Twitter. Both were juniors in college this year, with Filliben playing shortstop at Samford, while Clemens pitched at McNeese State.
We have already heard about the signing of top pick Cole Tucker and two picks on Monday, Tyler Eppler and Erik Lunde. On Tuesday it was announced that Eppler signed for a $200k bonus, slightly under his slot value. Below are the player pages for both Filliben and Clemens.
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.