The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the signing of first round pick Nick Gonzales on Wednesday afternoon. He was taken with the seventh overall pick two weeks ago today. Gonzales played for New Mexico State, where he hit .448/.610/1.155 slash line, with 12 home runs in 16 games this season before play was suspended. You can read more on Gonzales here. He is their first 2020 draft pick to officially sign.
OFFICIAL: We have signed our first-round pick INF Nick Gonzales, the 7th overall selection in the 2020 #MLBDraft. pic.twitter.com/J0YeP609pG
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 24, 2020
Ben Cherington had this comment on the signing
#Pirates announce that they have signed 2020 first-round pick Nick Gonzales.
Gonzales was the No. 7 overall pick out of New Mexico State.
Statement from Ben Cherington: pic.twitter.com/171nA07pP6
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) June 24, 2020
We should hear his bonus amount shortly. I’ll update the post once someone announces it.
MLB Pipeline has the details. He signed for slot exactly
The #Pirates have signed first-round #MLBDraft pick Nick Gonzales for $5,432,400 (full slot value).
Here's a look at the @NMStateBaseball product and all of the @Pirates' 2020 @MLBDraft picks, slot values and signing bonuses: https://t.co/W1hRLLea7z pic.twitter.com/4jTAqqqCsC
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 24, 2020
Here’s our draft signing tracker
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