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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Pirates Sign Seven More International Players
Jul04

Pirates Sign Seven More International Players

After we heard about the two high profile signings from yesterday, shortstop Adrian Valerio and outfielder Edinson Lantigua, the Pirates also announced the signings of seven more players today. These players are all slightly older players, eligible to sign prior to this July 2nd signing period. They are shortstop Luis Perez, second baseman Raul Siri, lefty pitcher Christian Mota and right-handers Ramon Garcia, Junior Lopez, Julian...

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Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio
Jul04

Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Dominican shortstop Adrian Valerio on a $400,000 bonus. He is the second big International signing from today, with outfielder Edinson Lantigua being announced earlier. Valerio is a 16-year-old switch-hitter, who like Lantigua, played in the Dominican Prospect League. According to Ben Badler at Baseball America(subscription required), Valerio has smooth actions in the field and a good...

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