The July 2nd international signing period starts on Wednesday and so far, the Pittsburgh Pirates haven't been mentioned as possible landing spots for any of the top names. Today on Baseball America, Ben Badler has his July 2nd preview up and while none of his top 30 are linked to the Pirates, he adds in some other names at each position that are players to watch.
In that second section, Badler has the Pirates connected to Yondry Contreras, a center fielder with good speed and an above average arm. Contreras is 6'1", 175 pounds and hits from the right side. He has a quick swing, but lacks plate discipline, which holds him back from being one of the top players in this class. Contreras comes from a family with an athletic background. He is the only player Badler mentions for the Pirates
The Pirates have also been linked to two right-handed pitchers, one being relatively unknown, though he is expected to command a decent-sized bonus. Bryan Sosa is a lanky 6'4" right-hander from Pana...
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.