• 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...

  • International Signing Period Preview: New Rules Shouldn’t Hurt Pirates

    There has been a lot of talk about how the new draft rules hurt the Pittsburgh Pirates, who spent more than any team from 2008-2011. The Pirates have also upped their spending on the international market, with a budget of $3 M a year. They've gone over budget the last two years,...

  • Pirates Linked to Top 20 International Prospect

    The International Signing Period starts on Monday, July 2nd. This year all teams will be limited to spending $2.9 M on the international market. That shouldn't impact the Pirates much. Their budget the last few years has been $3 M, and they mostly prefer to go with lower bonus guys, rather than...

  • Pirates Will Bid on Jorge Soler, Bids Due by Thursday

    According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be bidders on Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. However, Biertempfel adds that the Pirates won't budge over their pre-set value, and won't spend Yoenis Cespedes money. Cespedes signed a four year, $36 M deal with the Oakland Athletics over the off-season. Soler has drawn comparisons...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Dominican Summer League Preview

    The 2012 Dominican Summer League rosters have been released as the teams kick off their 72 game season this weekend. This year the Pirates will have two affiliates in the league for the first time, as they decided to end their association with the Venezuelan Summer League after last season. New players...

  • No International Draft for 2013, But 2014 Looks Promising

    There will be no international draft for 2013, but the goal is to have all the pieces in place for 2014.

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