The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their seventh six-figure bonus signing this July 2nd signing period, inking left-handed pitcher Roger Santana for a $100,000 bonus. He is a 16-year-old from the Dominican, who stand 6'1", 170 pounds and throws a fastball in the 85-89 MPH range. Santana also throws a curve ball with good potential.
The 2014 international signing tracker has been updated with links to all seven players the Pirates have signed. They have spent nearly $1.3 Mil of their $1,930,400 bonus pool already....
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