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17th-Rounder Ryan Hafner Got $450,000 Bonus

Well, this is interesting. Baseball America reports that the Pirates paid a $450,000 bonus to Ryan Hafner, making him the second most expensive signing after the 10th round by any team so far. I simply didn't realize Hafner was so highly regarded. That can happen with draft prospects. Pirates Prospects wonders if this move suggests the Pirates might be moving away from higher picks like seventh-rounder Austin Kubitza and tenth-rounder Zach Weiss. That would make sense - what the Pirates have done in previous drafts is take a guy early on that they might not sign, and then pick a couple guys in later rounds as backup plans in case they don't. For example, the Bucs didn't sign second-rounder Tanner Scheppers in 2008, but they gave 20th-rounder Quinton Miller $900,000 right before the deadline.

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