Pirates sign top pick Cole Tucker

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed high school shortstop Cole Tucker, the team’s first-round pick last week.


The switch-hitting Tucker hit .404 with eight doubles, four triples and five home runs in 30 games for Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix this spring. He was a member of the U.S. under-18 team that beat Japan in the World Cup last September.


The Pirates signed seven other draft choices Thursday, including catcher Taylor Gushue, right-handed pitcher Austin Coley and right-handed pitcher Sam Street.


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