International Hitting Prospects Starting to Emerge

I was watching batting practice at Pirate City towards the end of the day the other day. I was talking with one of the coaches, whose name I’ll leave out of this article. He asked me who I wrote for, and my response to that question always leads to one of two responses. I either get “Oh, that’s you” or “So you cover the minor league guys?” followed by a few questions on my opinions. This instance...

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Pirates Sign Three Prospects from the Mexican League

According to two links here and here (both in Spanish) The Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday signed three young players from the Leones de Yucatan team in the Mexican League. Two other the players have experience, one does not. According to the official Leones website, all three players will report to the Dominican Academy. According to the one article, Pirates scout Jesus “Chino” Valdez has scouted the players for awhile prior...

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International Updates: Cespedes, Chen, Wada

Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter: -He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy. -The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel.  This is the second time we’ve heard the team linked to Wada.  About a month ago Jon Heyman mentioned the Pirates as one...

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Changes Coming to International Free Agency

We’ve heard a lot about the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks as it pertains to the draft and free agency.  Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated tweeted a CBA update on the changes that could be coming to the international market.  Segura reports that the new CBA is said to include a hard cap and floor for international signings. This raises a lot of questions, specifically centering around the definition of...

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Pirates Have a Visit Scheduled With Cespedes

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports (via MLBTR) that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be one of the teams who will be scheduling a visit with Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes in the coming weeks.  We heard on Monday that the Pirates were one of the teams who attended the workouts of Cespedes. The article by Goldstein also features some quotes from Edgar Mercedes, the advisor to Cespedes, who created the video.  Mercedes talks...

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Pirates Are Suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.  The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes’ abilities.  On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with some odd footage, including a Star Wars styled intro, and Cespedes roasting a pig at the end. Cespedes is a 26 year old center...

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