The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican outfielder Jeremias Portorreal out of the Dominican Prospect League, Pirates Prospects has learned. Portorreal was linked to the Pirates early in the international signing period, but couldn't sign until he turned 16 this Wednesday. He ended up signing for $375,000.
Portorreal is a 6' 2", 180 pound left-handed hitter. Baseball America described his best tool as his bat, with projectable power. They also projected him to eventually play left field or first base. He's another in a long line of players who the Pirates have signed out of the Dominican Prospect League, with that list including Willy Garcia and 2013 signing Edinson Lantigua.
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.