• 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....

  • Pirates Rumored to be Pursuing International Outfielder

    For the past month, it seems like I get asked this question at least once a day: who are the Pirates targeting on the international market?  Prior to the draft we didn't hear much news, mostly because outlets like Baseball America were focused on the draft.  Ben Badler of Baseball America has...

  • Pirates Sign Two From Taiwan

    Chang is one of two Pirates additions out of Taiwan. The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two players from Taiwan, according to Taiwan Baseball.  The Pirates added catcher Chin-De Chang and left handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang. Chang is 5' 10", 154 pounds, and is a left handed hitter.  He's one of the top prospects in Taiwan, with excellent...

  • Ten International Players to Watch: 2011

    Salazar Late last year I gave a list of ten players to watch from the VSL and DSL teams. From that list, seven of the ten have been promoted to the states already. Giving a combined top ten list from these leagues is almost impossible unless you're down there watching them, so...

  • International Notes: Danny Arribas, Big Names

    Arribas signed with the Pirates. Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates announced the signing of five international players.  Today we have two more updates on the international front: -Another player the Pirates have signed is Danny Arribas of PSV Eindhoven, via Mister Baseball.  While playing in the World Junior Championship for the Dutch Junior...

  • Pirates Sign Five International Free Agents

    According to MLB Trade Rumors, via Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed the following five international free agents: RHP Adolfo Flores RHP Juan Mendoza SS/2B/OF Edgard Munoz OF Anthony Claudi OF Keybel Escobar We've already seen a few of these guys in action this year, so the announcement is on a bit...

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