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Pirates sign fourth round pick Braeden Ogle

The Pirates officially announced the signing of their fourth round draft pick, left-hander Braeden Ogle, a Florida prep product.  According to Jim Callis, Ogle received a bonus of $800,000, which was $374,300 above the slot amount.  Ogle arguably had one of the highest ceilings in the team's draft.  He has command issues, which isn't unusual for a prep pitcher, but he throws in the low-90s and has reached the mid-90s with his fastball.  He was rated 69th in the draft class by Baseball America and 83rd by  He had a commitment to the University of Florida.

The Pirates also announced the signing of two players whose signings were already known:  23rd rounder Tyler Leffler, a shortstop, and left-hander Jordan Jess, their 31st round pick.

The highest remaining unsigned picks from the Pirates' draft are now supplemental first rounder Nick Lodolo and 11th rounder Max Kranick.  Lodolo is a prep lefty and may take more than slot money to sign.  Kranick is a prep righty and will almost certainly take well over the slot value of $100,000 to sign.  Pirates Prospects now estimates that the Pirates can spend $378,525 in over-slot bonuses without incurring significant penalties.