Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 International Signings

Links to Coverage -Ping-Hung Chi, Sheng-Chin Hung, and Chih-Wei Hsu Signed -Information on Ping-Hung Chi from Taiwan Baseball -More on Ping-Hung Chi -Information on Sheng-Chin Hung from Taiwan Baseball -Information on Chih-Wei Hsu -Pedro Lara, Roberson Valdez, Alen Hanson, Orlando Castro, Carlos Esqueda, and Richard Montilla Signed (Includes info from Rene Gayo on each player) -Dovydas Neverauskas and Dylan Child Signed -Article on a...

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Pirates Notebook: Five Big Surprises

Ever since the new management group took over, the theme has been re-building the minor league system. We’ve seen this process through trades, such as the Jason Bay, Xavier Nady, and Nate McLouth deals. We’ve seen it through the draft, especially when we went over slot to get guys like Robbie Grossman. We’ve also seen a few free agent additions, like Tyler Herron, and some minor moves, like trading Andy Phillips for...

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Pirates Notebook: Recap on Sano News

While browsing around for notes on the status of Miguel Angel Sano, aka, Hanley Pujols, I noticed that no two media outlets had the same information. One source said the Pirates had made an offer. Another denied this. One reporter said the Orioles weren’t in on Sano. Another said they were leading the race. The only thing that was consistent was this: MLB has not concluded their age verification of Sano. Considering Sano is the...

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Pirates Notebook: The Pursuit of Hanley Pujols

Today marks the start of the international signing period, which means one thing for Pittsburgh Pirates fans: the market is open for Miguel Angel Sano, aka “Hanley Pujols”. The month of June wasn’t kind to Pirates fans. Nate McLouth was traded early for prospects. Tony Sanchez was taken fourth overall in the draft, despite being ranked 32nd by Baseball America. Then to cap it all off, fan favorite Nyjer Morgan was...

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