The Pittsburgh Pirates signed their top international target from this year's July 2nd class on Tuesday. Outfielder Jean Eusebio was signed along with 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Osvaldo Bido. No bonus info was announced and we are waiting to hear back from the Pirates confirming the details. Eusebio was identified by Baseball America's Ben Badler as a target for the Pirates, though as we pointed out in this June 29th article, he wasn't eligible to sign until his 16th birthday, which was on August 22nd. That article also has seven video clips of Eusebio to check out.
Eusebio is a left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing outfielder, who has grown slightly since that June 29th post. I actually guessed in that article linked up top that he would, though it's not saying much to think...
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