Pirates Linked to International Third Baseman

Ben Badler of Baseball America has released scouting reports for nine players to remember for the upcoming international signing period, as well as ten more players to watch. In the “ten more” group, Badler notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to third baseman Julio de la Cruz, who comes out of the Dominican Prospect League. The Pirates have signed a few players from the DPL in recent years. Last year they signed...

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Pirates Rumored to Be One of Eight Interested in Taiwanese Infielder

According to Taiwan Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of eight major league teams who have shown serious interest in Taiwanese infielder Tzu-Wei Lin. The site mentions that Lin should receive a seven figure bonus, which would be the highest signing bonus for an amateur non-pitcher out of Taiwan. Other teams that are reportedly interested are the Rangers, Yankees, Indians, Red Sox, Twins, Athletics, and Padres. The Softbank...

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Potential Loopholes to the International Signing Period

Baseball America discusses how teams may potentially circumvent the international spending cap starting this July 2nd.

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The Viability of an International Draft

Is a truly blended worldwide draft in the near future for Major League Baseball?

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Pirates Sign Five Players From Colombia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed four players out of Colombia, according to El Universal (link in Spanish). Pirates Prospects has learned a bit more about the signings, including the addition of a fifth player. Gustavo Barrios Goez, Fredy Padilla Jr., Jesus Mena, Angelo del Castillo, and Tito Polo were all signed by Orlando Covo and Daniel Espitia, with all five players expected to report to the Pirates’ Dominican facility...

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Pirates 2011 International Spending Review

Baseball America has released the 2011 international spending information, noting the top overall spenders, and the top 30 individual bonuses. The Pirates finished sixth overall in 2011, spending $4.09 M. They were fourth overall in 2010 after the signing of Luis Heredia drove them to $5 M. Two of the top 30 bonuses were signed by Pittsburgh. Harold Ramirez signed for $1.05 M, ranking as the 15th biggest individual bonus in 2011....

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