Taillon signs with Pirates as deadline approaches

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The Pirates got both their arms.

Second-overall selection Jameson Taillon and second-round pick Stetson Allie, both power-pitching right-handers from high schools in suburban Houston and Cleveland, signed with the Pirates hours before the midnight deadline tonight. Details weren't immediately available.

The Pirates also formally announced agreements with two position players to help put finishing touches on what industry experts consider what might be major league's most successful 2010 draft.

Twenty-third round pick Jared Lakind, a big first baseman from Texas, finally reached completion on a deal above the Major League Baseball alloted slot for anyone chosen after the third round, at $400,000.

And the Pirates tonight also announced that that Arizona State shortstop Drew Maggi agreed to a contract reputed to be worth $460,000, which would be about $10,000 more than 17th-rounder Ryan Hafter and $20,000 less than their biggest deal yet -- for fourth-rounder Nick Kingham, a high-school pitcher from suburban Las Vegas. Maggi just was named the defensive player of the tournament while playing in the World University championships in Japan.

Though Taillon and Allie deals would greatly eclipse those. . . combined.

The Pirates topped all major-league spenders in the draft the past two years with more than $18 million invested on prospects.

Chuck Finder: cfinder@post-gazette.com . Find more at PBC Blog .


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