Pirates and Blue Jays ink prospects
July, 24, 2009
By Keith Law | ESPN.com
The Toronto Blue Jays has signed their fifth-round pick, LSU second baseman/outfielder Ryan Schmipf, for slot money. Schimpf led the College World Series champs with 22 home runs, hitting .336/.449/.668 on the spring. He's an offense-oriented second baseman who shifted to the outfield when the Tigers moved D.J. Lemahieu from shortstop to second, but given more experience at the keystone he should be fine.
The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with their seventh-round pick, Trent Stevenson, paying him somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000. They're also close to a deal with their eighth-round pick, Colton Cain, for a high six-figure bonus, and are still negotiating with sixth-rounder Zach von Rosenberg.