The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left-handed pitcher Ike Schlabach today, a prep pitcher from Texas, who was drafted in the 19th round this year. It was announced by Schlabach himself on Twitter shortly after he officially signed. He is 18 years old and 6’5″, 205 pounds. Schlabach throws low-90’s already, with plenty of projectability. He has been praised for his work ethic, makeup on the mound and competitiveness. Schlabach has been assigned to the GCL. You can view his player page here. The Pirates have now signed 29 of their 41 draft picks.
Update 7:15 PM: The Pittsburgh Pirates also signed right-handed pitcher Tate Scioneaux, who was selected in the 39th round. He was a junior at Southeastern Louisiana this year. The 22-year-old made 15 starts this season, posting a 2.53 ERA and 18:96 BB/SO ratio in 110.1 innings. He has only been pitching since his senior year in high school, but he was a starting pitcher for three seasons at SE Louisiana. The Pirates are now up to 30 draft picks signed, with one week to go until the deadline. You can find the player page for Scioneaux here. He was assigned to Morgantown.
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.