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Pirates Sign Three Prospects from the Mexican League

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 from late 2010. Warning, it’s just seven minutes of him warming up.

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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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  • ScottTid

    Glad they didn’t sign the catcher (watch the video starting at 4:53) Funny! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V53WRLFZQ6C7YVJGLK7S4PZ5KA Tom H

    Any significance to these guys?

    • JohnDreker

      There isn’t much known on them as of now. Basulto has pitched for some Jr National teams so he has been on the radar for awhile now. I actually knew the Pirates were interested in him for some time now but he was just signed today. A 6″3 lefty with a good amateur resume is always nice, especially since he is HS senior age right now. Vera is just 17 so it would be hard to put a potential tag on him at this point. Perez is fairly old for a first time signee and his father is the coach for the Leones team so that doesn’t sound good off the bat(made me think his signing was a favor for training/signing these other two players but that is just a presumption on my part) He has pretty good size and showed a little power in his brief playing time so you never know. Pirates could definitely use another power bat in the system

      What is important about them is when they are signed, meaning before July 2nd when the new rules come into effect that put a cap on Int’l spending. These players won’t count against that 2.9mil the Pirates are able to spend. At this point, the more signings before that date, the better because once July 2nd hits, every dollar will count and the Pirates need to stretch that money the best they can.

  • JohnDreker

    Having just seen a video of Julio Perez playing 3b from a year or so ago, he is definitely a first baseman. I’d post it but the video is just a minute long with music and some shaky camera work, not much to see

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