Pirates sign Dominican outfielder

According to Jorge Arangure of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with 17-year old outfielder Willy Garcia to a $280,000 bonus.  Garcia hit .217 in 23 at-bats in the Dominican Prospect League.  He’s got a projectable frame at 6′ 3″, 177 pounds.  My guess is that he’ll play in the Dominican Summer League in 2010. Just to put the bonus in perspective, the Pirates gave Exicardo Cayonez...

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Joel Hanrahan Injured

Some bad news coming out of Spring Training this morning as Joel Hanrahan is reported to be out with a right flexor-pronator strain, and will visit Dr. James Andrews next week, a visit that is never good.  Chuck Finder has the following quote from Hanrahan: “It’s something that I kind of battled with in August and Septemeber,” months where he permitted opponents to hit a .162 average and crafted a 0.42 ERA....

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Spring Training Begins

Pitchers and catchers officially reported today, and we already have some updates from this morning. -The official Pirates Twitter account reports that Akinori Iwamura has arrived at Pirate City. -Rob Biertempfel reports that Jose Tabata didn’t have any visa issues, and is already in camp. -Biertempfel also reported that Neil Walker caught Zach Duke’s quick session this morning.  Biertempfel mentioned in his post at...

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Drew Pomeranz Tracker

DREW POMERANZ SP, Mississippi Age: 21Born: November 22, 1988Height: 6′ 5″Weight: 235Bats: LeftThrows: Left Class: Junior Level: NCAA Division I Advisor: N/A Links:The Battle for Number TwoAll Drew Pomeranz Posts SCOUTING REPORT The Pirates selected Nathan Baker and Phillip Irwin from Ole Miss last year, and could take the number one starter from that Mississippi rotation this year in Pomeranz....

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Christian Colon Tracker

CHRISTIAN COLON SS, Cal State Fullerton Age: 21Born: May 14, 1989Height: 6′ 0″Weight: 180Bats: RightThrows: Right Class: Junior Level: NCAA Division I Advisor: Scott Boras Links:The Battle for Number TwoAll Christian Colon Posts SCOUTING REPORT Baseball America considers Colon the best pure hitter in the college draft class, and lists him as the number two position player behind Bryce Harper in...

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