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Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio

Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Dominican shortstop Adrian Valerio on a $400,000 bonus. He is the second big International signing from today, with outfielder Edinson Lantigua being announced earlier.

Valerio is a 16-year-old switch-hitter, who like Lantigua, played in the Dominican Prospect League. According to Ben Badler at Baseball America(subscription required), Valerio has smooth actions in the field and a good arm, so he may be able to stick at shortstop. He has good bat speed and a nice easy swing from both sides. Valerio has a skinny frame, so he may never add power to his game. He is also a below average runner at this point, but has room to improve in that aspect.

As was mentioned in our International signing preview, the Pirates have been tied to Valerio, ...

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