The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed on a deal with Illinois outfielder Ryan Nagle for a $160,000 bonus. The deal is still pending a physical. He was drafted in the 27th round this year, so $60,000 of that deal will count against their bonus pool. The 20-year-old Nagle was drafted as a left fielder. He hit .339/.401/.449 in his junior season, showing some power that didn’t show up in his first two years of college ball. You can view his player page here.
Nagle was playing in the Northwoods League this summer, where he hit .275/.320/.391 in 18 games.
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.