• DSL Pirates Season Recap Part Two: Hitters

    Check Out Part One: The Pitchers The DSL Pirates as a team were one of the better hitting squads thanks mainly to their three all-stars who helped them score 5.3 runs a game and finish atop the DSL in home runs. From last year's club, gone were Willy Garcia, Luis Urena, Alen Hanson,...

  • DSL Pirates Season Recap Part One: Pitchers

    The DSL Pirates had their best season since 2007 when they were led by two 23 year old pitchers who combined for a 15-3 record and really had no business being in the DSL at that point due to their advanced age. This year the Pirates were forced to go to some...

  • VSL Season Wrap Part One: The Hitters

    The 2011 VSL Pirates were again a strong offensive team this year, and for the 6th straight year they played in the VSL playoffs defending their 2010 title against the Rays team.  They ended up losing the championship series two games to one, on a 7-2 loss yesterday. Just like last year...

  • VSL Season Wrap Part Two: The Pitchers

    Check out Part One: The VSL Hitters The VSL Pirates were stacked with young first year players this year so it is no surprise that the team won the league title based more on offense than it did on pitching. They finished 5th in the six team league in ERA with a...

  • VSL/DSL Pirates Transactions

    The Pirates have recently released five players from the VSL/DSL rosters and added five new players in their place. Earlier this year they needed help filling out innings while they awaited approval on contracts that were on hold due to age verification issues. They signed veterans of the DSL in the interim...

  • DSL Pirates Send Four to All-Star Game

    The Dominican Summer League held its annual all-star game today and the Pirates team sent four players to the game including three players who made the starting lineup. Thirdbaseman Diego Goris, outfielders Jesus Vasquez and Raul Fortunato and pitcher Aneudy Merejo all represented the Pirates in the game. Raul Fortunato batted third...

  • Pirates Sign Venezuelan Outfielder Elvis Escobar

    The Pirates have added their second big International signing during this year's July 2nd signing period. The signing of Elvis Escobar, a 16 year old centerfielder from Venezuela was announced today by Ben Badler from Baseball America. The 5' 9" 165lb left-handed Escobar signed for $570,000 joining Harold Ramirez who signed yesterday for...

  • 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signing Tracker

    We will be keeping track of all of the 2011 international signings made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, with bonus information when available. Below are the players the Pirates have signed. To read about these players, check out the signings news: Signings News: -Pirates sign Leandro Rodriguez (2/8/2011) -Pirates sign Cesar Lopez (3/1/2011)...

  • Pirates Sign Colombian Outfielder Harold Ramirez

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Colombian outfielder Harold Ramirez, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America.  The Pirates inked Ramirez for $1.05 M, which is their second biggest international amateur bonus, right behind the $2.6 M they gave Luis Heredia. Today is the start of the international signing period, and it should be...

  • Pirates Sign International Free Agent Dennis Hurtarte

    The Pirates have signed their first player from Guatemala, first baseman Dennis Hurtarte. He was watched by numerous teams in the last three months during tryouts in both the Dominican and in Florida.  His agent had close ties with the Mariners, Braves and Mets but the Pirates were able to sign him....

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