International Signing Updates

  Back in June we heard about the Pittsburgh Pirates signing two kids from Taiwan, catcher Chin-De Chang and LHP Wei-Chung Wang. We have learned that Chang signed for 250k and Wang signed for 350k but his contract was voided after he failed his physical.  He was diagnosed with a tear to his ulnar collateral ligament and needed Tommy John surgery. The Pirates reportedly were still interested in signing Wei-Chung, although his bonus was...

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Pirates Cut Ties with Venezuelan Summer League

The Pittsburgh Pirates will no longer lease their academy in Venezuela according to Jennifer Langosch, thus ending their affiliation in the Venezuela Summer League. Starting next season they will have two teams in the Dominican Summer League.  There will be no change in the amount of players they sign as the Dominican Academy is big enough to handle two full 35 man rosters. All of the players currently under contract in the VSL will...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Top International Prospects

Now that I have finished the recaps for the VSL hitters and pitchers two weeks ago, and the DSL pitchers and hitters this week I thought I would revisit my top International players to watch list from early in the year and provide a new list of the top ten players to watch going forward. As I cautioned with the previous list, there isn’t a ton of information on these guys and while I have talked with sources with the Pirates...

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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, Jodaneli Carvajal and Samuel Gonzalez who are all playing well in the states.  Plus, three players were released, so this team had a lot of at-bats...

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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 more over age pitchers to help fill out the roster while they waited for younger signees to have their contracts approved and ages verified by MLB. The process was slower this...

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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 I will be splitting up the season wrap-up into two articles, one for the pitchers and one for the hitters. From the 2010 season the VSL Pirates lost...

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