Comments on: Early Preview of the 2013 International Signing Class, Pirates Not In On Top Names Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:40:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Nuke Laloosh Wed, 15 May 2013 14:30:43 +0000 How about a third baseman too! Watching Pedro play third is making me ill. How long to we have to wait for him to be a consistent, productive hitter too?

By: John Dreker Tue, 14 May 2013 01:25:55 +0000 It isn’t as easy as people think to sign a shortstop and have him stick there. The Pirates haven’t done it recently, not for lack of trying though. In 2008, they spent good money on Yhonathan Barrios and Jodaneli Carvajal. Neither has developed.
They tried to sign Sano, who was supposed to be a five tool shortstop and he was off the position after only one year because his fielding got so poor after he filled out.
They signed Gift Ngoepe, who is a better shortstop than most major leaguers right now, but his bat is well behind his glove.
In 2009, they signed Alen Hanson, Maximo Rivera and Ramses Pena, all for big bonuses. Pena hasn’t hit at all, Hanson’s fielding woes have been highly documented and Rivera has been moved all around the field, plus it took him three years to finally hit
They signed Dilson Herrera and he couldn’t handle shortstop either. They have Jose Salazar, who can play the position well, but hasn’t hit enough.
They have others who can play the spot, just don’t have the bat to go along with it, Ashley Ponce, Francisco Aponte and a couple new shortstops up from the DSL, Bealyn Chourio and Enyel Vallejo.
They have Carlos Ozuna, who hit decent, got a six figure bonus in 2011, and has the glove for shortstop, so there is some potential.
They signed Australian shortstop Sam Kennelly and will give him a chance to play the spot for now
So it isn’t for a lack of trying. That have spent decent money over the years and no one has been able to field/hit enough to stick at the spot

By: westonian420 Tue, 14 May 2013 01:03:15 +0000 Don’t care how much they spend, just please get a shortstop or two that can stick at the position please!!!

By: Lee Young Mon, 13 May 2013 22:43:25 +0000 Good article.