2011 MLB Draft: Pirates Sign Sixth-Rounder Dan Gamache

The Pirates have made their first signing of the 2011 MLB Draft pick signing period, and it's sixth-rounder Dan Gamache, a third baseman from Auburn. Gamache will get $125,000. Here's Baseball America's writeup on Gamache:

Gamache had a hand injury late in the season that required surgery and ended his year early. He hit just .265 in Southeastern Conference play but has solid athleticism and is willing to take a walk. Gamache has good enough hands and arm strength to stay at third base.

Gamache appears to be strong defensively, but I can't find any scouting reports that think particularly highly of his bat. Coming from a major college program like Auburn, he should be more than good enough to succeed through the Class A level, particularly given his ability to control the strike zone. We'll see how well he does after that. Gamache is likely to be assigned to State College, although Class A West Virginia isn't completely out of the question.

The Pirates will continue to sign draft picks through mid-August, although it's unlikely we'll hear much about first-rounder Gerrit Cole or second-rounder Josh Bell before that time.

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