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Report: First-round pick Baz to sign instead of pursuing college career

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Neal Huntington. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Neal Huntington admitted the Pirates would face a challenge signing their first-round draft pick in the MLB Draft on Monday night, but it took 24 hours for a deal to get done.

According to Mark Berman of KRV-TV in Houston, right-handed pitcher Shane Baz, who was selected with the 12th pick, will sign with the Pirates instead of pursuing a collegiate career at TCU.

Baz had said previously it would take the right situation to pull him away from that plan, and declined to gauge if he was leaning one way or another during a conference call with reporters after his selection.

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