After spending more money ($18.7 million) on the 2008-09 drafts than any other club, the Pirates signed just two of their top 11 picks in the first two months after the 2010 draft. Pittsburgh has started to open its wallet, signing fourth-round pick Nick Kingham for $485,000, its first over-slot deal of the summer.
Kingham's bonus was $230,300 above MLB's $254,700 recommendation for the No. 117 pick. The only known deals to exceed MLB guidelines by a higher amount were handed out by the Orioles yesterday, $650,000 to fifth-rounder Connor Narron and $625,000 to ninth-rounder Parker Bridwell.
A righthander from Sierra Vista High in Las Vegas, Kingham is an athletic 6-foot-5, 210-pounder with a 90-93 mph fastball. His solid changeup grades out better than his work-in-progess curveball. He was part of Oregon's recruiting class.
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