The Pirates have agreed with 23rd-round pick Jared Lakind on a $400,000 bonus. The deal comes on the heels of Pittsburgh landing 17th-rounder Ryan Hafner for $450,000 on Monday. MLB recommends a maximum of $150,000 for all deals after the fifth round.
A first baseman from Cypress Woods High in Cypress, Texas, Lakind entered the spring rated as one of the top prep hitters in the Lone State State. His stock dipped somewhat as some scouts questioned his bat speed, but he's a 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthanded hitter who could develop intriguing power if he adds loft to swing. He had committed to Arkansas.
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