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Pirates Close To Signing Third-Round Pick Mel Rojas Jr.

The Pirates have reached an agreement with third-round pick Mel Rojas Jr., the Post-Gazette reports:

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Rojas, 6 foot 3, 200 pounds, is expected to take a ballpark tour and undergo medical examinations today, then sign his bonus contract Thursday. Apparently, he next may well report directly to Connecticut to join the short-season State College Spikes playing a series there.

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Rojas is the son of former Expos pitcher Mel Rojas, and a distant cousin of former Pirates Matty and Moises Alou. He's a strong defensive centerfielder and has a decent bat, and he was a worthy selection in the third round. You can read more about Rojas here.

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On a related note, the Pirates apparently will not sign eighth-round pick Dace Kime, an Ohio high school pitcher who apparently will honor his commitment to Louisville.

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