The Pittsburgh Pirates have come to terms with first-round pick Cole Tucker, a shortstop, on a below-slot $1.8 million signing bonus, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. The value of the 24th overall pick, as reported by Baseball America, was $1.9255 million.
Tucker, ranked between 60-90 by most draft gurus, was a major surprise pick by the Pirates at 24. He is a switch hitter who is better from the left side of the plate with plus bat speed and an ability to go the opposite way from both sides. He also has a strong arm and plus speed out of the box. MLB.com said he has the ability to stick at shortstop and his bat projects to improve.
Originally committed to the University of Arizona, Tucker is the first infielder the Pirates have selected in the first round since drafting third baseman Pedro Alvarez second overall in the 2008 draft.