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Pirates Work to Sign Pounders, Dodson, Stevenson, Cain

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This is pretty nice:

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.

Stevenson and Cain are the ones to watch here--Stevenson has a projectable frame and was once described as the best high school prospect in Arizona, and Cain is a highly rated prospect as well. Cain and Dodson apparently want enormous bonuses, so it'll be interesting to see what they and the Pirates can work out. Pounders has a varied, polished arsenal that's unusual for a high school pitcher, but he doesn't throw especially hard, and he's already quite a big guy, and not in a good way.

In any case, all four of these guys would be solid additions to the Pirates' system. If they can get Stevenson and Cain, that'd be a huge coup.