• DSL Pirates1 Advance to Dominican Summer League Championship

    The DSL Pirates1 beat the DSL Mariners today, sweeping the Mariners in two games in the best of three semi-finals series, and advancing to the Dominican Summer League championship. The Pirates will take on the winner of the other semi-finals matchup between the DSL Angels and the DSL Yankees 1. Left-handed starter...

  • DSL Pirates1 Advance to Second Round of DSL Playoffs

    The DSL Pirates1 beat the DSL Mets2 today, advancing to the second round of the Dominican Summer League playoffs. The Pirates won 8-0 today, following their 5-3 win yesterday, to sweep the best of three series. Oderman Rocha pitched five shutout innings to help lead the Pirates to the win. Rocha gave...

  • Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco Taken in First Round of Dominican League Draft

    The Dominican Winter League is currently holding a draft for the rights to the top international prospects in baseball for the 2012 season.  A total of 100 players will be drafted to the reserve teams for the 2012 season. The draft started at 4 PM, and at the time of this writing...

  • International Prospect Trends: July 2012

    Back in early July, I did an in-depth look at the two Dominican Summer League teams of the Pittsburgh Pirates, with early season notes on the players to watch. We now take a look at how some of those players have performed over the month of July, as well as a couple...

  • Pirates Sign International Catcher Yoel Gonzalez

    According to the Dominican Prospect League baseball site, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 16 year old catcher Yoel Gonzalez. Gonzalez wasn't eligible to sign until today, when he turned 16. The DPL site says he signed for $350,000. He's 6' 1", 175 pounds, and a righty/righty. The scouting report on the site...

  • Pirates Sign Venezuelan Outfielder

    According to Eduardo Ceccato of El Tiempo, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Venezuelan outfielder Alexis Bastardo. The article says that Bastardo is a 6.4-6.5 runner with a 60 arm. Bastardo is a center fielder, but can play right field because of the arm. He's a talented hitter and fielder, according to the...

  • Pirates Sign Australian Shortstop

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Australian shortstop Sam Kennelly, according to the Australian Baseball Federation. Kennelly is a 16-year-old who participated in Major League Baseball's Australian Academy this year. He's a right-handed thrower and hitter at 6' 2", 187 pounds. Kennelly hit for a .250/.308/.271 line in 48 at-bats this year in the...

  • Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder for $700 K

    UPDATE 11:59 AM: The Pirates officially announce the move, via press release. Also in the release is a statement from Rene Gayo: “We are very excited to sign Michael. He is a young player with now tools that are still developing. He is also an instinctive and aggressive performer with a very...

  • International Prospect Trends: June 2012

    In early June, we did a Dominican Summer League preview, outlining some of the key players joining and returning to the DSL this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first month of the season is done, so it's time to look back on how the aforementioned players have performed, as well as...

  • Pirates Sign Julio de la Cruz For $700,000

    UPDATE 2:45 PM: The Pirates officially announced the move. Rene Gayo's statement on De La Cruz: "We are very excited to have signed Julio Delacruz who is, in our estimation, the best pure hitter available in Latin America this season,” said Director of Latin American Scouting Rene Gayo.  “Julio is a hitter...

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