The Pirates Rd 2 pick Josh Bell is getting mixed reviews since he has gone on record before the draft that he wants to go to play ball at the University of Texas.
My sense is the Pirates are going to try and convince him that they'll be a semi hard $ slotting scheme for future drafts that will be part of the next MLB union agreement and they'll throw enough money at him now to at least make him reconsider his decision to go to Texas.
Their Rd 2 pick last year (Stetson Allie) was rumored to be a "tough sign" and he slipped to Rd 2 and they were able to sign him so maybe it works.
If they can sign Bell, they'll have picked up a real nice prospect and the bat they need to go along with Gerrit Cole. If they don't sign him, they'll get a Rd 2 compensation pick next year.