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Pirates Sign Three Players Out of Venezuela

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed three players out of Venezuela, Pirates Prospects has learned. The information on those three players can be found below.

Eliezer Ramirez, OF - Ramirez is an outfielder who bats and throws right. He’s 6′ 2″, 170, and is 16 years old. He has good arm strength, contact skills, and developing power. Ramirez draws comparisons to a young Von Hayes for his tools in the outfield and power potential at this point in his career, with the main difference being Hayes was a left-hander.

Nestor Oronel, LHP - Oronel is a 16-year-old left-handed pitcher. He’s 6′ 2″, 180 pounds. Has some sink to his fastball, which he just recently improved. He also has a good plus breaking ball, and a good feel for pitching.

Edgardo Leon, RHP - Leon is a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher at 6′ 3″, 185 pounds. He’s a sinker/slider guy with good sink and angle to his fastball. His arm action draws comparisons to John Candelaria.

Looking at the International Signing Tracker, that puts the Pirates at 12 signings this year. The two big signings have been Adrian Valerio and Edinson Lantigua.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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