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The Pittsburgh Pirates 2017 International Signing Tracker

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The Pittsburgh Pirates 2017 International Signing Tracker
John Dreker

Since the July 2nd international signing period began, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed a total of 28 players. Our international signing tracker has been posted, where you will find each player listed, along with their age on signing day, position, country and whether they bat or throw left-handed or right-handed. Where available, the chart also includes the players height, weight and signing bonus.

You will notice that we have the Pirates spending about 40% of their $5.75 M bonus pool so far. That's because we only have the bonus totals for nine players. The other 19 players includes a large group of players who are 16 or 17 years old, so they likely got a bonus of $50,000 or more (and more could be into six figures), we just didn't get any information on them.

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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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