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Pirates sign three Draft picks

RHPs Brubaker (6th round), McGarry (8th) and Helton (9th) agree to deals

PITTSBURGH -- Three of the Pirates' top 10 picks from this week's Draft officially signed with the club on Friday.

Pittsburgh announced deals with sixth-rounder J.T. Brubaker, a right-hander from the University of Akron; eighth-rounder Seth McGarry, a right-hander from Florida Atlantic University; and ninth-rounder Bret Helton, a right-hander from the University of Utah.

Brubaker and Helton, both drafted as juniors, will report to short-season Low A West Virginia, while McGarry will report to the Gulf Coast League Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.

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Brubaker went 5-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 15 starts as a junior this spring, leading Akron in strikeouts (72), while finishing second in wins and innings pitched. The slot value for his pick, 187th overall, was $246,500.

McGarry went 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 21 relief appearances as a junior this year for FAU. Picked with the 247th overall selection, McGarry was ranked by as the Draft's No. 147 overall prospect. The slot value for his pick was listed at $168,800.

Helton, the son of two-time Super Bowl champion Barry Helton, went 2-8 with a 5.72 ERA, 48 strikeouts and 32 walks in 61 1/3 innings over 18 appearances for Utah this spring. Helton agreed to a $150,000 signing bonus, according to a source. The 277th pick's slot value was listed at $157,600.

Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.
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