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Pirates Spend Big Bucks On Draft

Neal Huntington

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 23 of their 51 drafted amateur players in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, including each of the team's first 14 selections.

"We feel good about the draft," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We feel like we added a lot of talent to the system at various levels and various positions, high school pitching, some college pitching, high school position players, college position players. Obviously, it was a pitching heavy draft and we played into the strength." The Pirates spent $8,919,000 for their 23 signed...

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