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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Top International Prospects

2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Top International Prospects

Now that I have finished the recaps for the VSL hitters and pitchers two weeks ago, and the DSL pitchers and hitters this week I thought I would revisit my top International players to watch list from early in the year and provide a new list of the top ten players to watch going forward. As I cautioned with the previous list, there isn't a ton of information on these guys and while I have talked with sources with the Pirates about them, these kids are young, for the most part raw players and anything can happen once they leave their home country for the first time to pursue their dreams. I'm basing my list on the scouting reports available to me, the bonus information, which is a strong indicator of how the team feels about the player, and of course their stats, weight, age, size and whether they were in the stronger DSL or played in the VSL.

1. Harold Ramirez, CF - The major International signing for the Pirates this year, Ramirez signed for $1.05m on July 2nd. He has what is calle...

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