Pirates Have the 27th Pick in the 2014 Draft
Sep30

Pirates Have the 27th Pick in the 2014 Draft

The MLB standings are almost finalized, with the only thing remaining being a tiebreaker game between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays tonight. That won’t impact the Pirates in the standings, or any other team, which means that the 2014 draft order is almost set. The Pirates will be picking 27th overall in the first round, which is the lowest they have ever made their first pick in a draft. That does come with the disclaimer...

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Cuban First Baseman Jose Abreu Declared a Free Agent
Sep29

Cuban First Baseman Jose Abreu Declared a Free Agent

Yesterday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported via a source that Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has been declared a free agent. Source: #Cuba prospect Jose Abreu declared a free agent & cleared to sign with a team. Giants among clubs taking a long look at the slugger. — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) September 28, 2013 Abreu is a power hitting first baseman, and will be an interesting target this off-season for a lot of...

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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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