Pirates Sign Catcher Gabriel Brito
Jul02

Pirates Sign Catcher Gabriel Brito

We have our third six-figure July 2nd signing from the Pittsburgh Pirates. They signed catcher Gabriel Brito for a $200,000 bonus. He is on the small side for a catcher at 5’10″, 160 pounds, though he is only 16 years old, so he still could grow and will obviously fill out. Brito is a smart player with a strong arm and a line drive stroke from the right side. The international signing tracker is updated with all three...

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Pirates Sign Shortstop Christopher Perez
Jul02

Pirates Sign Shortstop Christopher Perez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their second big international signing, getting shortstop Christopher Perez out of the Dominican. The 6’1″, 170 pound infielder signed for a $150,000 bonus. According to Ben Badler on Baseball America, Perez has a line-drive stroke from the right side. He has good bat speed and uses the entire field. Earlier in the day, the Pirates signed outfielder Yondry Contreras, who was their top...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Outfielder Yondry Contreras
Jul02

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Outfielder Yondry Contreras

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first signing of the July 2nd international signing period, inking a deal with 16-year-old  Dominican outfielder Yondry Contreras for a $400k bonus. He is 6’1″, 175 pounds, bats and throws righty. More on him shortly Here is video of Contreras throwing and hitting. It shows up about a minute into the clip. In our July 2nd preview, Contreras was the top name mentioned for the Pirates,...

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July 2nd Preview: The Pirates’ Successful Approach in the International Market
Jul01

July 2nd Preview: The Pirates’ Successful Approach in the International Market

Don’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to land any big names in the international market once the 2014-15 signing period begins tomorrow. That’s not to say that they won’t land any big talents. The approach the Pirates have had in Latin America in previous years has been very successful, especially when it comes to finding cheap talent. There’s no greater evidence of this than with Gregory Polanco, who is...

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Possible July 2nd Targets For Pittsburgh Pirates
Jun30

Possible July 2nd Targets For Pittsburgh Pirates

The July 2nd international signing period starts on Wednesday and so far, the Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t been mentioned as possible landing spots for any of the top names. Today on Baseball America, Ben Badler has his July 2nd preview up and while none of his top 30 are linked to the Pirates, he adds in some other names at each position that are players to watch. In that second section, Badler has the Pirates connected to Yondry...

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2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent
May31

2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two Dominican Summer League teams last year and spread the talent out between both clubs. With the added affiliate in Bristol this season, the DSL Pirates2 are no more, at least short-term. That leaves you with a team that is deep in the outfield, infield and behind the plate, but not many pitchers of note. A lot of players from the DSL last year moved to the States this season, including the best of the...

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