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.

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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.

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

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