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Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap

Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap
John Dreker

Ben Badler from Baseball America released his recap of the 2013 signings by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most of the bigger names are released when they sign, but as we saw with Badler's recap last year, a player like Johan De Jesus could sign for $200,000 and there was no mention of it anywhere.

Here is a look at what we know already, with notes below from Badler's recap.

In March, the Pirates signed Jherson Esqueda and Gerardo Navarro, two pitchers from Mexico. Both pitched in the Dominican Summer League in 2013. Navarro has already moved to the states and is in minor league camp.

The next signing of note happened during the July 2nd signing period when the Pirates inked Edinson Lantigua for $275,000 on July 3rd. He is a center fielder with a strong arm, who hits line drives, showing...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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