The Pirates have yet to sign their top two draft picks, Pedro Alvarez and Tanner Scheppers. However, Pittsburgh handed out a sandwich round-worthy bonus Friday afternoon to Shawnee High (Medford, N.J.) righthander Quinton Miller, signing the 20th-round pick for $900,000. That bonus is the largest of any draftee signed so far from the second day of the draft (i.e., after the sixth round).
Miller, a North Carolina recruit, will report to Bradenton, Fla., for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, though he’s not expected to pitch until instructional league begins in Bradenton in September.
The 6-foot-3 Miller has a quick arm and has shown a fastball reaching 93-94 mph at times. He has a feel for pitching and flashes a good, hard slider and average changeup at his best. However, his velocity dipped into the upper 80s at times this spring, and his fastball can straighten out.
He’s part of a bad day for the Tar Heels, who earlier in the day lost their top recruit, righthander Tim Melville (Royals, fourth round), and also have lost shortstop recruit Garrison Lassiter, (Yankees, 27th round).
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