Pirates sign 18th rounder John Kuchno

#Pirates sign 18th-rder John Kuchno for $125k ($25k counts vs pool). #OhioState RHP runs fastball to 95, also shows plus curve. #mlbdraft

— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) July 13, 2012

As Jim Callis points out, since Kuchno’s bonus is over $100K, $25K of it will count against the Pirates’ draft pool, thus taking another $25K off the maximum amount the Pirates can offer Mark Appel.

Kuchno profiles as a power relief arm with his fastball and a power curve. He was a redshirt sophomore this year at Ohio State and went 8-4 with a 4.38 ERA and a 59:30 K:BB ratio.