The Pittsburgh Pirates just signed their 48th international amateur free agent since July 2nd, and they may not be done yet for this signing period, which wraps up on June 15th. Earlier this week, the Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Enmanuel De Los Santos out of the Dominican Republic. The 17-year-old became eligible to sign this July. He has a 6'4" frame, with plenty of room to fill out still at 163 pounds. He is the 26th international pitcher signed by the Pirates since July.
Don't expect the Pirates to finish out this current international signing period without adding to that high total of players signed. We recently announced that the Pirates will be fielding a second Dominican Summer League team this year, so there is room for some more signings. They have been busy scouting t...
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