The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 40th round draft pick Daniel Zamora, a left-handed pitcher out of SUNY Stony Brook. He was teammates with catcher Kevin Krause, who was drafted in the ninth round last year by the Pirates. Zamora is 22 years old, though he has missed some time, sitting out the entire 2014 season due to a torn labrum. He is said to throw a fastball with a lot of movement that sits in the high-80’s, with a nice curve/change mix to go along with excellent control. Zamora was drafted out of high school by the Blue Jays in the 27th round in 2012.
Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates today! Blessed to have this opportunity. Thank you to everyone who… https://t.co/q4lPvmPwuQ
— Daniel Zamora (@Daniel_Zamora32) June 29, 2015
The Pirates have also seemed to hit a snag with 17th round pick Austin Sodders. He signed last Monday, but by Tuesday he had a change of heart and it appears as of right now, that he is no longer signed. His transaction was taken off the Pirates’ site, he was changed to unsigned on the Pirates’ draft tracker and his page on MiLB was taken down.
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