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Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 International Signing Review

Sergio Cubilete has already made it to the U.S. after signing last year as an international free agent. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Pittsburgh Pirates 2016 International Signing Review
John Dreker

Ben Badler at Baseball America posted his yearly international review for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday morning. Since the Pirates (and most other teams) don't announce any international signings, the scouting reports on these players are hard to get until they actually start to play games. We will get updated reports on these players once they get to the Dominican academy for Spring Training next month, but for now, here is some additional information on the players the Pirates signed last year.

I'll point out that the list runs from January 1 to December 31, so this is a combination of two international signing periods, but doesn't include the top players from either of those classes. That's because the best players from the 2015-16 signing period were signed in July of 2015, an...

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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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