"We're working very hard to be global. Not just in the Dominican, but as we spread out, there's ballplayers everywhere, and our challenge is to go find them, as it is for the other 29 teams."
That was Clint Hurdle when I talked to him last week about the talent that is coming to the Pirates out of Latin America. Hurdle probably didn't have to point that out. The track record for the Pirates speaks for itself. They were the first team to sign a player out of India (Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel). They signed the first black player out of South Africa (Gift Ngoepe). They've signed guys out of Lithuania (Dovydas Neverauskas), Belarus (Alex Lukashevich), several players out of Australia, and The Netherlands (Danny Arribas).
One of the places the Pirates seem to keep going back to is Taiwan. They've signed several players out of Taiwan, mostly on the amateur level, but more recently on the professional level with the addition of Yao-Hsun Yang this off-season. Their amateurs out of Taiw...
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