Catcher Fernando Diaz turns 16 years old on Friday and he is considered by some sources to be the top prospect in Mexico right now. He's eligible to sign on July 2nd and the Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting him for quite some time already.
Diaz was invited to a tryout in 2015 that was held by Pirates scout Jesus "Chino" Valdez. He was later chosen in the winter league draft by Venados de Mazatlan, which has a working agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates. They also employ Valdez, who has signed numerous players from the team for the Pirates, so he had input into the draft.
Players in Mexico have to sign with Mexican teams first, then the Major League clubs "purchase" the players from those teams. If you've followed our winter coverage over the years you know that the Pirate play...
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