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 linkĀ (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 being watched closely by the Pirates since early last year. At the time, he was throwing...

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The Pirates Have a New International Player at Pirate City

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. I also didn’t recognize him. During his last round, I heard someone call him “Chourio”. Adenson Chourio? He hasn’t been in the system...

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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 in the year did not count against it, plus there are a few allowances for spending just over the 2.9 M number. The top six...

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Pirates Receive Another Favorable Rating From Their International Signings

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 team. The Pirates had 10 international prospects out of their top 30 players, which was the ninth best. Badler highlighted Alen Hanson,...

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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-handerĀ has made four appearances for Adelaide in relief. He has pitched a total of 4.1 innings, allowing...

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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 $225,000 bonus. He comes from a strong baseball family — three of his brothers are already playing minor league ball. On...

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