The clock continues to tick toward the 5 p.m. deadline for signing picks from the 2012 MLB Draft, and while there has been no word on whether the Pirates have been able to lock up top pick Mark Appel, Pirates Prospects is reporting that they have signed infielder Max Moroff.
Moroff was selected by the Pirates in the 16th round. The most interesting part of this development is that Moroff signed for $300,000, which is $200,000 above slot. The Pirates now have $200,000 less to spend toward Appel and the remaining unsigned picks. Pirates Prospects says that Moroff's was originally leaning toward honoring his commitment to play at Central Florida, but the money apparently changed his mind.