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Pirates sign two draft picks

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The Pirates have officially signed (sub. req’d) two draft picks: 17th round prep outfielder Mason Martin and 27th round right-handed pitcher David Lee. Martin’s signing isn’t entirely news, as it was reported last week that he’d agreed to terms.

Baseball America rated Martin the #312 talent in the draft based mainly on his power potential. There are potential issues about his contact ability. He played first base in high school, but the Pirates announced him as a right fielder. He should have the arm for the position, as he also served as his team’s closer. He had a commitment to Gonzaga, so he undoubtedly got an above-slot bonus, although exact terms aren’t known yet.

Lee pitched for NCAA champion Florida. Well, sort of. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at Santa Fe College and Florida International University. At the latter school, in 2015, he had a 4.42 ERA and struck out 39 batters in 36.2 IP in a swing role. He didn’t pitch at all in 2016 and threw only two innings for Florida in 2017. Presumably, he was hurt, but “David Lee” is a difficult name to search on the internet.

The Pirates have signed 37 of their 42 draft picks. The only remaining possibility is 12th round pick Hunter Wolfe, a junior college shortstop. According to the article linked above, the other four players have indicated that they’re not signing.