The Pirates signed Arizona high school pitcher Trent Stevenson for $350,000 on Thursday. His bonus exceeds MLB’s recommendation for picks after the fifth round by $200,000, making it by far the biggest over-slot deal signed in the 2009 draft to this point.
The only other players to get as much as $50,000 above MLB’s guidelines are Rockies supplemental first-rounder Rex Brothers ($969,000/$51,000 over slot), Orioles seventh-rounder Aaron Wirsch ($200,000/$50,000 over slot) and Phillies eighth-rounder Jonathan Singleton ($200,000/$50,000 over slot).
Stevenson, who pitched at Brophy Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., has an ultraprojectable body at 6-foot-6 and 165 pounds. He was inconsistent during the spring, but can hit 93 mph at times with his fastball and flashes a sharp slider. Once he grows into his body and gets stronger, his stuff could take off. He had committed to Arizona.
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