Pirates Ink Number Four Chambers

Brian WolffCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

6 MAY 2001:   A general view oft PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DIGITAL IMAGE  Mandatory Credit: Tom Pidgeon/Allsport

The Pirates got back to business, signing three more draft picks from the 2009 class.

Outfielder Evan Chambers, the third-round pick and fourth overall, came to an agreement with the Pirates.

Chambers hit .324 in 188 at bats with 13 doubles and 11 home runs, all while collecting 39 RBI and 27 stolen bases at talent rich Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.

Chambers started out a Gator, but transferred from the University of Florida to Hillsborough after the 2008 season.  This moved up his draft eligibility.  Players at four-year schools are not draft eligible until their junior year.

Pittsburgh also signed a couple of second-tier draftees in shortstop John Gourley, the 13th-round pick, and Ryan Beckman, the 18th-round pick.

High school athlete Gourley batted .477 (42 hits) including four home runs and 23 RBI in 88 at bats in his senior year at Easter Wayne High School in Goldsboro, N.C. His sophomore and junior years were nearly as impressive as he collected All-ECC honors, and all-area performer each year.

Right-handed pitcher Beckham, the 18th-round pick, was 4-1 with two saves, appearing in 19 games as a freshman at Grayson County College in Texas.

The Pirates have signed 15 of 51 draftees, including their top four selections.

Many fans would still like to see the Pirates ink the the flurry of prep hurlers drafted between the fourth and eighth rounds in the First-Year Player Draft.

Signing Zach Dodson (fourth), Zach Von Rosenberg (sixth), Trent Stevenson (seventh), and Billy Cain (eighth) would truely cement this a a successful draft.  

Dodson looks to be signing with the Pirates rather than heading to Baylor.  He said he was pretty sure he was going to sign back on June 11th, but that he had to work some things out first.

Von Rosenberg, named Louisiana's Mr. Baseball, has committed to LSU but the deal is not done until August 15th.  The athlete auditioned for several major league teams including the Yankees, Royals, and Astros so it would seem that LSU is not necessarily guraenteed.

If either Von Rosenberg or Brody Colvin (drafted by the Phillies in the seventh) sign, the other one is likely to also sign, as LSU's chances at a repeat at the College World Series drop considerably.

Trent Stevenson, the seventh-round pick, has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Arizona.

The Pirates eighth-round pick, (Billy) Colton Cain was named the MVP of the Class 4A-5A THSBCA All-Star game on June 23rd. Cain seems willing to sign if the Pirates are willing to meet his seven-figure demands, which is not unreasonable considering the money the Pirates have saved in earlier signings so far.