• 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...

  • 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...

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