Pirates Pay 9th Round Pick Record Money

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Bob Nutting and the Pirates continue to spend money on the amateur draft.

According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, the Pirates have signed 9th round pick Clay Holmes.

The Pirates reportedly paid Holmes $1.2 million, which is a record for a 9th round pick. The previous record was the $750,000 the San Diego Padres paid Jason Middlebrook back in 1996.

That money is equal to what Zack Von Rosenberg received in the 6th round back in 2009.

Holmes (6-4, 225 pounds) had committed to pitch for Auburn.

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