The 2013-14 International Signing Period begins tomorrow, and the Pirates have about $2.43 M to spend on international players this year. Over the weekend we learned that the Pirates weren't connected to any of the top 30 international prospects, which isn't a big surprise since they tend to go with lesser known, cheaper options. That has been an avenue where they've had some success, with guys like Gregory Polanco ($75,000), Alen Hanson ($150,000), and Dilson Herrera ($220,000) being examples.
Ben Badler released his team-by-team international forecasts, looking at what each team could do when the signing period begins. He notes that the Pirates have been linked to Dominican outfielder Geremia Portorreal and Dominican shortstop Adrian Valerio. Badler says that neither player should be expensive, giving the Pirates a lot of options to spend their remaining money.
Portorreal was trained by Raul Valera, who trained Michael de la Cruz. The Pirates signed de la Cruz last year for $70...
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