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Pirates Sign Blake Cederlind, Cam Vieaux, Brent Gibbs, Clark Eagan and Dylan Prohoroff

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According to Jonathan Mayo, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to sign fifth round pick Blake Cederlind for $285,000, which is $33,800 under his slot amount. That money can be put towards other draft picks who require over-slot deals to sign. Cederlind is a right-handed pitcher who can hit 97 MPH with his fastball, working in the 92-95 MPH range. He also has a curveball that needs work, and he mixes in a changeup. He has had major command issues during his JuCo career, so he is considered a project at this point, though he comes with high upside. The draft signing tracker has been updated. You can view Cederlind’s player page here.

Jonathan Mayo also has the signing of Brent Gibbs, the seventh round pick, who is a catcher out of Central Arizona JuCo. He signed for $150,000, which saved the Pirates $35,7000 on top of the savings from Cederlind. Gibbs is a glove-first backstop with a questionable bat. He put up strong offensive stats in 2016, but he was playing in a high offense environment and he was 2-4 years older than most players in the league. His defense is above average, his arm is plus-plus, and he works well with pitchers. His player page can be viewed here.

Sixth round pick Cam Vieaux has also signed according to the Lansing State Journal, inking his deal on Monday night. He’s a finesse lefty with excellent command. You can view his player page here. No word yet on his bonus amount.

Jim Callis announced that ninth round pick Clark Eagan signed for $160,000, just $2,000 under slot. He’s an outfielder from Arkansas, who hit .298/.370/.444 this season. You can view his player page here.

Jim Callis also announced that eighth round pick Dylan Prohoroff signed for $160,000, a savings of $13,500 over the slot amount. Prohoroff was closing for Cal State Fullerton this season. His fastball has touched 97 MPH. He had an 0.68 ERA in 26.1 innings this season. You can view his player page here.

The tracker has been updated. The Pirates have saved a total of $85,000 on the picks that have been announced.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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.

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