Pirates Sign Pitcher Brian Sousa
Jul03

Pirates Sign Pitcher Brian Sousa

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Brian Sousa to a $160,000 bonus on Wednesday. He was mentioned in our July 2nd article about targets for the Pirates, though the article where he was first connected to the Pirates, called him Bryan Sosa. He is 16 years old, 6’4″, 165 pounds and was called one of the top pitchers from Panama in this signing class. Ben Badler mentioned that he is a sinker/slider pitcher...

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Pirates Sign Pitcher Domingo Robles
Jul02

Pirates Sign Pitcher Domingo Robles

The day started off slow for international signings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the news has really picked up at night. The first day of the July 2nd signing period has now seen the Pirates sign four players for six-figure bonuses. The latest one announced by Ben Badler is left-handed pitcher Domingo Robles. He is a 6’2″, 170 pound, 16-year-old from the Dominican. Badler describes him as having good arm action that...

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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. 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, so their got their...

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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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