The Bucs announced three more draft signings yesterday. They are:
RHP Nick Kingham, the club's fourth round selection; RHP Brandon Cumpton, the club's ninth round pick, and RHP Ryan Hafner, who was the club's 17th round selection. His signing was reported a couple of days ago, and is now official.
The 6'5" Kingham went 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 13 games this past season as a senior at Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas. He signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Oregon. Kingham got a bonus of $485,000. He throws at 90-92, touching 95, and has a quality change-up.
The 6'2" Cumpton posted a 9-3 record while making 15 starts as a junior for Georgia Tech this past season, although he's projected as a reliever who throws in the low-to-mid-nineties. He received a bonus of $124,500.
The 6'6" Hafner went 4-2 with 68 strikeouts and an ERA under 2.00 this past season at Lee's Summit West High School in Missouri, and was signed to Missouri State. His bonus was $450,000, the second largest among players selected after the tenth round. Hafner is "projectable," meaning he's a project; his heater is 87-90.
Kingham and Hafner were assigned to the GCL Pirates while Cumpton has been sent to the State College Spikes in the short season New York-Penn League.
The Pirates have now signed a total of 22 players from this year's draft. If there's one thing the signing bonuses suggest, it's that the Pirates aren't going to sign all their top ten picks. As in years past, they just allocate the budgeted money to inking Plan B draftees, and that's not a bad scheme.
(The bonus amounts were reported by Baseball America.)