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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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 his bat is ahead of his defense, which could cause a position change down the line. The international tracker has been updated with...

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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 out by Danny Arribas. Montilla reached on a walk, then advanced to third on a wild pitch and throwing error combo. The Angels battled back, taking a 2-1...

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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 Christian Henriquez took the mound for the Pirates, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings, with no walks and...

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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 up one walk and one hit, while striking out four. During the regular season, Rocha had a 1.81 ERA in 49.2 innings, with a 53:17 K/BB...

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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 90 players have been selected. With the second pick in the draft, Toros Del Este selected Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Alen Hanson. Hanson was taken...

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