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Pirates Sign Venezuelan Outfielder Elvis Escobar

Pirates Sign Venezuelan Outfielder Elvis Escobar
John Dreker

The Pirates have added their second big International signing during this year's July 2nd signing period. The signing of Elvis Escobar, a 16 year old centerfielder from Venezuela was announced today by Ben Badler from Baseball America. The 5' 9" 165lb left-handed Escobar signed for $570,000 joining Harold Ramirez who signed yesterday for $1.05 M.   

Escobar is described as having above average baseball instincts and a feel for hitting. He is an average runner with a solid arm but both are predicted to be plus tools down the road.He also comes from a baseball family with his dad, brother and three cousins all playing pro ball. The knock on him is his small stature and possible low ceiling due to that.

Baseball America predicted him to get the 23rd highest signing bonus of this year's...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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