• Early Preview of the 2013 International Signing Class, Pirates Not In On Top Names

    On Baseball America this afternoon, Ben Badler posted his list of Ten International Prospects To Watch. It is a subscribers only article, but don't worry if you don't subscribe, yet want to know who the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to among that group, he doesn't mention them once. In most years, that...

  • Pirates International Bonus Pool Drops For 2013-14 Signing Period

    Major League Baseball released the bonus pool allotments for each team for the 2013-14 signing period, which runs from July 2,2013 until July 1, 2014. The teams with the worst record in the 2012 season, the Houston Astros, got the highest amount to spend under the new system. Last year the Pirates...

  • Pirates Sign Two Pitching Prospects From Mexico

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two young pitchers from Mexico, agreeing to contracts with Jherson Esqueda and Gerardo Navarro on Friday. According to the link (in Spanish) the pitchers belonged to the Veracruz Red Eagles of the Mexican Baseball League. Esqueda is an 18-year-old right-hander, who is an accomplished International pitcher. He was...

  • The Pirates Have a New International Player at Pirate City

    Bealyn Chourio I was over at Pirate City yesterday watching batting practice, when I noticed a left-handed hitter I had never seen before. The hitter was making strong contact, and crushing a few pitches. I had no way of identifying him, since he was wearing a red shirt, meaning he was injured....

  • Pirates 2012 International Spending Recap

    Ben Badler of Baseball America, released his recap of the Pirates 2012 International spending today. Like every other team in baseball, the Pirates had a $2.9 M cap for spending on International players. That cap didn't go into place until July 2nd and it runs until June 15,2013. Any signings made earlier...

  • Pirates Receive Another Favorable Rating From Their International Signings

    Luis Heredia Lost in the mix yesterday was an article from Baseball America, comparing the international prospects in each team's top 30. The article is for BA subscribers, and can be found here. In the article, Ben Badler looked at how many international players were included in BA's top 30 for each...

  • Pirates Sign Australian Pitcher Nick Hutchings

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed another sixteen-year-old out of Australia. After signing shortstop Sam Kennelly in July, they signed pitcher Nick Hutchings in November. Hutchings has been playing with the Adelaide Bite of the Australian Baseball League and doing well in his limited time. The 6' 2", 165 pound right-hander has made four...

  • Sam Kennelly: Pirates Newest Shortstop From Down Under

    The Pirates have been busy in Australia over the past few years, having as many as five players from the country in their system at one time last year. Until recently though, there wasn't a high-profile signing from Australia. That was until they signed 16-year-old shortstop Sam Kennelly this year to a...

  • Pirates Sign Dominican Third Baseman

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican third baseman Johan Herrera for $300,000, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Herrera is a 17-year old who is 6' 1", 190 pounds. Badler notes that he stands out for his left handed power. He also notes that he has an average arm, and that...

  • DSL Pirates1 Win the Dominican Summer League Championship

    The DSL Pirates1 beat the DSL Angels 4-3 today to win the deciding game in the Dominican Summer League Championship series. The last time the Pirates won a Dominican championship was in 2003. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, after Ulises Montilla scored on a ground...

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