Pirates sign six Latin prospects

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed six Latin American prospects.  The players are outfielder Willy Garcia, right handed pitchers Brayan Almonte, Oderman Rocha, and Jose Luis Acosta, left handed pitcher Angel Sanchez, and first baseman Jose Roman.

We heard about Garcia back in February, although the deal was never confirmed until now.  Garcia received $280,000, which is higher than any bonus given out in 2009, and is the third highest reported bonus ever given out by the Pirates in the international market, behind Exicardo Cayonez ($400,000) and Jordaneli Carvajal ($350,000).  Rene Gayo had this to say about the 6′ 1″, 200 pound, 17 year old outfielder:

“Willy Garcia has an athletic body with a chance to develop five tools. He is a great addition to our system and has great game instincts with an aggressive approach to play the game.”

The rest of the scouting reports from Gayo can be found on the original story at the Post-Gazette.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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