Kristy Robinson first reported that the Pirates have signed 41st round draft pick Jon Schwind today. Schwind, 21, was drafted as a catcher by the Bucs, but has played multiple positions throughout his collegiate career.
Pirates Prospects says his signing bonus was $20,000 and that the Pirates will pay for his senior year of college ($41,000).
Schwind will start off his professional career in Bradenton for the GCL Pirates, where he should be able to put up some solid numbers going there as a college draftee. He is the 7th player the Pirates have signed from the 2011 Draft.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about Schwind:
Schwind is more of a player for next year’s draft, but he’s a good athlete with quick hands and a slashy swing at the plate. He has an above-average arm that should allow him to be a super-utility player at the next level, and he’s a plus runner.