Pirates Sign Colombian Pitcher Luis Escobar
Aug14

Pirates Sign Colombian Pitcher Luis Escobar

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 17-year-old, right-handed pitcher Luis Escobar out of Colombia. He stands 6′ 0″, 175 pounds and was born on May 30, 1996. Escobar has been on their radar for a while now and recently showed strong improvements in his fastball velocity, leading the team to sign him. Due to his age, he was eligible to sign since last July 2nd, but the recent strong progress he has shown, makes him one of the...

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Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Jeremias Portorreal
Aug09

Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Jeremias Portorreal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican outfielder Jeremias Portorreal out of the Dominican Prospect League, Pirates Prospects has learned. Portorreal was linked to the Pirates early in the international signing period, but couldn’t sign until he turned 16 this Wednesday. He ended up signing for $375,000. Portorreal is a 6′ 2″, 180 pound left-handed hitter. Baseball America described his best tool as his bat,...

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Pirates Land a Competitive Balance Pick in the 2014 Draft
Jul17

Pirates Land a Competitive Balance Pick in the 2014 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates have landed a 2014 draft pick in today’s Competitive Balance Lottery. The Pirates got the fifth pick in Comp Round B of the 2014 draft, which takes place after the second round, according to Clint Longenecker of Baseball America. Last year the Pirates won the second pick in Comp Round A, which ended up being the 35th overall selection in the 2013 draft. They traded the pick at the 2012 deadline, along with...

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Pirates Have a Good Chance of Landing a First Round Pick Today
Jul17

Pirates Have a Good Chance of Landing a First Round Pick Today

The MLB Competitive Balance Lottery is this afternoon, awarding 12 draft picks to 14 possible teams. Six of those draft picks will come at the end of the first round of the 2014 draft. The other six will come at the end of the second round. Jonathan Mayo has a breakdown of the Competitive Balance Lottery, along with the percentages of each team to receive a pick from Comp Round A. The Pirates have a 7.5% chance of landing the top...

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Pirates Sign Three Players Out of Venezuela
Jul14

Pirates Sign Three Players Out of Venezuela

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed three players out of Venezuela, Pirates Prospects has learned. The information on those three players can be found below. Eliezer Ramirez, OF - Ramirez is an outfielder who bats and throws right. He’s 6′ 2″, 170, and is 16 years old. He has good arm strength, contact skills, and developing power. Ramirez draws comparisons to a young Von Hayes for his tools in the outfield and power...

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The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signing Tracker
Jul05

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signing Tracker

Earlier this week the international signing period began, allowing teams to sign international prospects for the 2013-2014 signing period. The Pirates have already signed nine players, including two players with bonuses that total $675,000 combined. Throughout the signing period, we keep an international signing tracker. This is much like our draft pick signing tracker in that it keeps track of the signings and bonuses, and shows how...

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