The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have signed 14th round pick Julian Bosnic, a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher from the University of South Carolina. The deadline for signing players just ended (5 PM today), so it appears as if their draft signing class will be complete at 19 of 21 players signed. Announcements have come in more than an hour after the deadline, but the Pirates announced over the weekend that they didn’t expect to sign any of their three remaining unsigned picks, so Bosnic is a pleasant surprise. While he is a senior, he still has a year of eligibility and he was transferring to Arkansas if he didn’t sign.
Here’s our draft signing tracker. The Pirates spent their entire bonus pool, but they still had their allowed 5% overage, on top of the set slot amount for picks after the tenth round. That overage, which they have used almost every year since the draft bonus pool was instituted, allowed them to spend upwards of $1M if they were able to sign all three players today.