Pirates Prospects » International News http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:37:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Pirates Sign Catcher Out of Venezuela http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-sign-catcher-out-of-venezuela.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-sign-catcher-out-of-venezuela.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:16:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86648 The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 18-year-old catcher Raul Hernandez out of Venezuela last month. He counts as a July 2nd signing and he’s one of three catchers the Pirates have signed during this year’s signing period. They also gave a a six-figure bonus to 16-year-old Gabriel Brito on July 2nd and a few days later they signed 17-year-old Roberto Noguera out of Colombia.

Hernandez has been eligible to sign since 2012, but his bat has kept him back. He has a very strong arm according to his coach Rubén Marcano and others I talked to today. Marcano said in this article(link is in Spanish) that he believes Hernandez has big potential if he can show some improvements at the plate. Hernandez has been at the Pirates Dominican Academy and training with other players that have signed since July 2nd. He won’t see any actual DSL game time until next year. Hernandez will go home tomorrow, returning to the academy for the Dominican Instructional League in October.

The 2014 International Signing Tracker has been updated.

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Pirates Sign Colombian Catcher Roberto Noguera http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-colombian-catcher-roberto-noguera.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-colombian-catcher-roberto-noguera.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:49:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83221 The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old Colombian catcher Roberto Noguera. He trained at the Baseball Academy of Gaujira (Academia de Beisbol del Gaujira) and he was signed by Orlando Covo on July 2nd. Noguera was born on May 15, 1997 which made him eligible to sign during last year’s July 2nd signing period. According to this article in Spanish (which has three photos of Noguera, including him batting right-handed) he has already traveled to the Pirates Dominican Academy. Another article from April linked the Pirates to Noguera back then, but MLB has a period where team’s cannot sign International players, so he had to wait until July 2nd to sign.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Eighth International Prospect http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pittsburgh-pirates-sign-eighth-international-prospect.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pittsburgh-pirates-sign-eighth-international-prospect.html#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:43:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=82946 The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their eighth international signing of the July 2nd signing period according to Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com. There is very little information available on the newest player. His name is Jerry De Los Santos and he is a 16-year-old right-hander out of the Dominican, who signed for a $100,000 bonus. No other information is available at this time. We will have more on De Los Santos in the near future.

You can find information on the other seven signings in our international draft signing tracker. The Pirates have just $540,400 left in their international signing bonus pool, though that number could be lower as every signing may not have been announced yet.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Pitcher Roger Santana http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pittsburgh-pirates-sign-pitcher-roger-santana.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pittsburgh-pirates-sign-pitcher-roger-santana.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:58:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=82909 The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their seventh six-figure bonus signing this July 2nd signing period, inking left-handed pitcher Roger Santana for a $100,000 bonus. He is a 16-year-old from the Dominican, who stand 6’1″, 170 pounds and throws a fastball in the 85-89 MPH range. Santana also throws a curve ball with good potential.

The 2014 international signing tracker has been updated with links to all seven players the Pirates have signed.  They have spent nearly $1.3 Mil of their $1,930,400 bonus pool already.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Pitcher Adonis Pichardo http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pittsburgh-pirates-sign-pitcher-adonis-pichardo.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pittsburgh-pirates-sign-pitcher-adonis-pichardo.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:06:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=82900 The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their sixth big international signing since the July 2nd period opened, though this one is a bit different than the other five from yesterday. They got right-hander Adonis Pichardo out of the Dominican. He is 18 years old already, which means he has been eligible to sign before this signing period began, but he has only recently established himself as a prospect. Pichardo began as an outfielder, switching to the mound eight months ago according to Ben Badler. He is raw for a pitcher, but displays good arm action and a fastball that can reach 92 MPH. The Pirates gave him a $105,000 bonus.

The international signing tracker is updated with all the known players signed. The Pirates have spent nearly $1.2 Mil of their $1,930,400 bonus pool.

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Pirates Sign Pitcher Brian Sousa http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-pitcher-brian-sousa.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-pitcher-brian-sousa.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:21:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=82869 The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Brian Sousa to a $160,000 bonus on Wednesday. He was mentioned in our July 2nd article about targets for the Pirates, though the article where he was first connected to the Pirates, called him Bryan Sosa. He is 16 years old, 6’4″, 165 pounds and was called one of the top pitchers from Panama in this signing class. Ben Badler mentioned that he is a sinker/slider pitcher that doesn’t throw hard now, though he has a good feel for pitching and should add velocity as he fills out. He also throws on a downhill plane already, which is a key for most pitchers in the Pirates system.

The Pirates have signed five players to six-figure contracts, totaling over $1 Mil between them. Links for all of them can be found here.

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Pirates Sign Pitcher Domingo Robles http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-pitcher-domingo-robles.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-pitcher-domingo-robles.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:58:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=82865 The day started off slow for international signings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the news has really picked up at night. The first day of the July 2nd signing period has now seen the Pirates sign four players for six-figure bonuses. The latest one announced by Ben Badler is left-handed pitcher Domingo Robles. He is a 6’2″, 170 pound, 16-year-old from the Dominican. Badler describes him as having good arm action that produces an 87 MPH fastball that has good sink and downhill action to it. He also projects to add velocity in the future. He signed for a $175,000 bonus.

The Pirates have now spent $925,000 on their top four announced picks. That amount equals almost 50% of their total bonus pool for this signing period.

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Pirates Sign Catcher Gabriel Brito http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-catcher-gabriel-brito.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-catcher-gabriel-brito.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:02:05 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=82853 We have our third six-figure July 2nd signing from the Pittsburgh Pirates. They signed catcher Gabriel Brito for a $200,000 bonus. He is on the small side for a catcher at 5’10”, 160 pounds, though he is only 16 years old, so he still could grow and will obviously fill out. Brito is a smart player with a strong arm and a line drive stroke from the right side.

The international signing tracker is updated with all three signings from today.

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Pirates Sign Shortstop Christopher Perez http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-shortstop-christopher-perez.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-shortstop-christopher-perez.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:51:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=82847 The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their second big international signing, getting shortstop Christopher Perez out of the Dominican. The 6’1″, 170 pound infielder signed for a $150,000 bonus. According to Ben Badler on Baseball America, Perez has a line-drive stroke from the right side. He has good bat speed and uses the entire field.

Earlier in the day, the Pirates signed outfielder Yondry Contreras, who was their top target in this July 2nd draft class.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Outfielder Yondry Contreras http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pittsburgh-pirates-sign-outfielder-yondry-contreras.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pittsburgh-pirates-sign-outfielder-yondry-contreras.html#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:56:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=82836 The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first signing of the July 2nd international signing period, inking a deal with 16-year-old  Dominican outfielder Yondry Contreras for a $400k bonus. He is 6’1″, 175 pounds, bats and throws righty.

Here is video of Contreras throwing and hitting. It shows up about a minute into the clip.

In our July 2nd preview, Contreras was the top name mentioned for the Pirates, so their got their biggest known target. Ben Badler from Baseball America described Contreras as an athletic player, with a strong arm and good speed. He also has a quick swing, but lacks plate patience. At his age, that is still something that can be taught, but it was the reason some scouts weren’t high on him. Pirates have had a recent history of finding good young international players that weren’t universally liked by scouts, so this could be another diamond in the rough.

You can find our 2014 international signing tracker here to keep up on all of the Pirates’ signings throughout the year.

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