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First-round pick Tucker agrees to terms with Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates and first-round pick Cole Tucker have agreed to a $1.8 million signing bonus, confirmed Monday.

Tucker, the 24th overall pick, reportedly agreed to a deal which was slightly under the pick value of $1.9255 million. As of Monday, the Pirates did not confirm the agreement.

A high school shortstop from Arizona, Tucker hit .404 with 30 RBIs in his final season at Mountain Pointe High and also played for the 18-and-under U.S. national team.

Tucker will likely begin playing professionally in the Gulf Coast League later this month.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for
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