The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced nine draft pick signings this morning. Some we announced last night, but here is the full list along with their round. I’ve included links to the draft articles for all of the players in the top ten rounds:
4. Jason Delay
7. Jared Oliva
8. Blake Weiman
9. Bligh Madris
10. Beau Sulser
13. Tristan Gray
15. Gavin Wallace
24. Nick Valaika
As mentioned last night, there are more players signing today. These all appear to be from yesterday, while a number of players are signing today, or have agreed to sign, such as sixth round pick Cody Bolton, 16th round pick Hunter Stratton and 19th round pick Jake Webb. We may not hear those signings until tomorrow.
Jason Delay and Nick Valaika will report to Bristol. With Delay going there, that’s a senior college catcher with excellent defense, who will be in charge of a young pitching staff with a ton of upside, so that’s an important assignment. Normally he would be going to Morgantown, but he could help the Pirates out a lot more by working with the Bristol staff.
The rest of the players will report to Morgantown. Expect to hear some bonus amounts throughout the day. We will post them here. Keep updated with our draft tracker, which has player pages for all of the players above.
UPDATE: 5:40 PM: Deon Stafford signed for $315,000 according to Jonathan Mayo, so there was some savings there for the Pirates. They are still slightly over their pool with the three known bonuses, but that should change when the rest from today come out. Draft tracker has been updated.
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Where is Baz going?
Wonder why college SS Nick Valaika is going to Bristol..??
The Pirates drafted 3 college and one junior college SS ahead of 24th rounder Valaika, plus Andrew Walker is already there. Crowded field, someone has to go to Bristol.
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If all of these guys go to Morgantown what happens to the guys who are there right now or are they playing short right now?
Bristol only had 20 players on their travel roster. Morgantown had five open spots on their roster, so guys there could either go to Bristol or be put on the DL.
Let’s redo this.
Prep guys go to bristol, college guys go to Bradenton Pirates ?
It’s usually college to Morgantown. The Pirates will need to send some to Bristol and the GCL though this year because both rosters are very-shorthanded. The GCL Pirates have just seven position players right now until they start assigning players there.
Don’t think they’ve started yet
Morgantown started yesterday