The Pirates signed one of their draftees to a seven-figure deal on Thursday. The surprise was that it wasn’t first-rounder Pedro Alvarez or second-rounder Tanner Scheppers. Instead, BA’s Pirates correspondent John Perrotto (Beaver County Times) reports that it was Cypress-Fairbanks High (Cypress, Texas) outfielder Robbie Grossman who got a $1 million bonus.
Grossman, a sixth-round pick, received the highest bonus after the second round of the 2008 draft thus far. A switch-hitter with raw power from both sides of the plate as well as average speed, he projected as a sandwich- or second-round pick but slid because of signability. He had committed to Texas.
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