First Pitch: Moving on From Appel? International Potential.

First Pitch: Moving on From Appel? International Potential.

Here's a few quick thoughts on Wednesday's action to wrap up the day.

**The Pirates signed right-handed prep pitcher Hayden Hurst. No word on the bonus yet, although I'd have to think it was over-slot. I've heard that the Pirates were turned down on one other over-slot offer tonight. The Pirates were willing to go over-slot if the player signed tonight. Between that and Hurst, you've got to wonder if the talk of Mark Appel going back to school is for real.

**The Pirates signed Michael DeLaCruz for $700 K, matching the bonus given to Julio DeLaCruz last week (no relation). A lot of guys in the international ranks have the same descriptions. Five tool talents. Speed. Athleticism. One of the biggest myths is that there's a huge gap between players who sign in July and players who sign in November. The players who are signed, are signed because they show those tools. However, they're raw, which means the most important thing going forward is their ability to learn the game.

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