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Pirates Sign Three Prospects from the Mexican League

Pirates Sign Three Prospects from the Mexican League
John Dreker

According to two links here and here (both in Spanish) The Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday signed three young players from the Leones de Yucatan team in the Mexican League. Two other the players have experience, one does not. According to the official Leones website, all three players will report to the Dominican Academy. According to the one article, Pirates scout Jesus "Chino" Valdez has scouted the players for awhile prior to signing them.

Eduardo Vera, RHP, 17 years old with no pro experience

Omar Basulto,LHP, 18 years old. Pitched 4 innings over two relief appearances last year, gave up one run on one hit. He's 6' 3" 190lbs

Julio Perez,1B, 20 years old. Played 19 games last year, hit .297 with two homers. He's 6' 2" 216lbs , bats and throws righty.

Video of Basulto warming up...

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