More Pirates picks set to sign

Share with others:


Print Email Read Later

The Pirates' spread-the-wealth strategy for the 2009 draft appears to be working, with a handful of their top-10 picks on the verge of signing contracts.

No. 2 selection Brooks Pounders, a 6-foot-6 pitcher from Temecula Valley (Calif.) High School, reportedly is set to sign today in Pittsburgh, after flying in for a physical and meetings with team officials. Pounders, a USC recruit, constituted the type of teenage pitcher with upside whom the Pirates aimed to snatch in a draft rife with them.

Meantime, Nos. 4 and 8 selections from Texas high schools, left-handed pitchers Zackry Dodson (Baylor) of Medina Valley and Colton Cain (University of Texas) of Waxahachie said they were in a two-week holding pattern before the Pirates -- working through major league channels for approval -- may extend them what might amount to above-slot contract offers. And No. 7 selection, pitcher Trent Stevenson (Arizona) of Scottsdale, Ariz., said he and his family are scheduled to meet with a Pirates representative Monday.

To date, the Pirates have announced the signing of first-round choice Tony Sanchez, a Boston College catcher who reached agreement Friday, and five players selected between Rounds 23 through 42.

"We are making steady progress with a number of our drafted players and are optimistic," general manager Neal Huntington said in an e-mail last night. "While getting players out playing this summer is important, we are not going to rush the process. We will work methodically through a large number of options to return the best quality and quantity of talent."



Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here