International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted
Feb08

International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted

A couple international players have been mentioned recently with Pittsburgh Pirates scouts attached to their stories. One is a veteran with a long international track record, while the other would be part of the 2014 July 2nd signing class. The first is a player from Cuba, who may be one of those rare players from that country that are allowed to leave to pursue baseball elsewhere. Yulieski Gourriel is a 29-year-old third baseman, who...

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Pirates Spent $2.58 M in International Bonuses in 2013
Feb04

Pirates Spent $2.58 M in International Bonuses in 2013

Baseball America has released the 2013 International bonus estimates for each Major League team. The Pittsburgh Pirates ended up spending an estimated $2.58 M, which ranked 20th in the majors. Originally I wrote that this number had exceeded their $2.426 M bonus pool in 2013-14. However, the bonuses were just for the 2013 season, and included bonuses for the 2012-13 signing period. It appears the figures went along with Ben...

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Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players
Dec06

Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball came to a new agreement this week on the posting fee for Japanese free agents. Previously, NPB teams would post players for free agency, and the highest bidding MLB team would have exclusive negotiating rights for that player. This led to a lot of high bids, with players like Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka commanding $50 M just for teams to negotiate with the players. That money...

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2014 Draft: Yankees Could Pick Five Times Before Pirates Pick Twice
Nov08

2014 Draft: Yankees Could Pick Five Times Before Pirates Pick Twice

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com released the updated 2014 draft order, adding in the potential compensation picks for each team after the first round. The compensation picks make up picks 32-44, although they aren’t guaranteed. The only way teams will receive a compensation pick is if another team signs their player. So for example, if the Yankees bring back Robinson Cano, they will have one fewer pick. Earlier in the week I talked...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three Players From Mexico
Oct17

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three Players From Mexico

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Eumir Sepúlveda and 18-year-old right-hander Carlos Bustamante, both out of Mexico. They will report to the Pirates facility in the Dominican and begin their pro career in the Dominican Summer League next year. Sepulveda took a leap forward in the last year, adding eight MPH to his fastball. He is a highly accomplished amateur pitch, who was also scouted by the Boston...

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Pirates Have a Lot of Talented Pitchers Available in the 2014 Draft
Oct15

Pirates Have a Lot of Talented Pitchers Available in the 2014 Draft

Baseball America has released their first top 50 list for the 2014 draft class. This comes with the usual disclaimer that so much can change between now and the actual draft next June. That’s even true when it comes to the pre-season rankings. As an example, the pre-season 2013 rankings had Kris Bryant 12th (he went 2nd overall), Jonathan Gray unranked in the top 50 (he went 3rd overall), and Kohl Stewart ranked 18th (he went...

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