The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Saturday afternoon that they have signed fifth round pick Logan Hofmann. He’s the second draft pick signed by the Pirates so far. They have until August 1st to get the other four players signed. First round pick Nick Gonzales signed three days ago.
We have signed our fifth-round selection, RHP Logan Hofmann.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 27, 2020
Jim Callis has the bonus info
5th-rder Logan Hofmann signs with @Pirates for $125k (slot 138 value = $402k). Northwestern State RHP, 0.00 ERA & 38/5 K/BB in 28 IP this spring, pairs 91-94 mph fastball with solid curveball. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 27, 2020
As expected, he signed for well under the slot amount, with the leftover amount reportedly earmarked for second round pick Jared Jones, who will require an over-slot deal to pass on a commitment to Texas.
In addition to the information in the Callis tweet, we also learned that Hofmann throws four pitches now, also mixing in a slider and a changeup. He credits his success this year to better command of his pitches.
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