Pirates Sign Shortstop Christopher Perez
Jul02

Pirates Sign Shortstop Christopher Perez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their second big international signing, getting shortstop Christopher Perez out of the Dominican. The 6’1″, 170 pound infielder signed for a $150,000 bonus. According to Ben Badler on Baseball America, Perez has a line-drive stroke from the right side. He has good bat speed and uses the entire field. Earlier in the day, the Pirates signed outfielder Yondry Contreras, who was their top...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Outfielder Yondry Contreras
Jul02

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Outfielder Yondry Contreras

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first signing of the July 2nd international signing period, inking a deal with 16-year-old ┬áDominican outfielder Yondry Contreras for a $400k bonus. He is 6’1″, 175 pounds, bats and throws righty. Here is video of Contreras throwing and hitting. It shows up about a minute into the clip. In our July 2nd preview, Contreras was the top name mentioned for the Pirates, so their got their...

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July 2nd Preview: The Pirates’ Successful Approach in the International Market
Jul01

July 2nd Preview: The Pirates’ Successful Approach in the International Market

Don’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to land any big names in the international market once the 2014-15 signing period begins tomorrow.┬áThat’s not to say that they won’t land any big talents. The approach the Pirates have had in Latin America in previous years has been very successful, especially when it comes to finding cheap talent. There’s no greater evidence of this than with Gregory Polanco, who is...

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Possible July 2nd Targets For Pittsburgh Pirates
Jun30

Possible July 2nd Targets For Pittsburgh Pirates

The July 2nd international signing period starts on Wednesday and so far, the Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t been mentioned as possible landing spots for any of the top names. Today on Baseball America, Ben Badler has his July 2nd preview up and while none of his top 30 are linked to the Pirates, he adds in some other names at each position that are players to watch. In that second section, Badler has the Pirates connected to Yondry...

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First Pitch: The Pirates 2014 Draft is Making More Sense
Jun30

First Pitch: The Pirates 2014 Draft is Making More Sense

When it comes to draft analysis, the first look at the draft is never final. The second look isn’t final either. Evaluating a draft is a constant process, changing for better or worse as new information comes along. Earlier this month, I wrote that I didn’t like the draft the Pittsburgh Pirates had. That was rare, as I’ve liked a lot of the drafts they’ve had under Neal Huntington and company. I did write about...

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Pirates Agree With 26th Round Pick Jerrick Suiter
Jun24

Pirates Agree With 26th Round Pick Jerrick Suiter

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with 26th round pick Jerrick Suiter. The right-fielder just finished his career at TCU after being eliminated in the College World Series. He decided to turn pro, rather than returning for his senior season. Suiter didn’t show much power in his time at TCU, with no homers in his three-year career. He did hit 12 doubles in his junior year, while showing a good ability to get on base. He...

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