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 and went 0-2 with a walk.  He is a speedy 20 year old centerfielder who has shown great improvements...

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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 $1.05 M.    Escobar is described as having above average baseball instincts and...

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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 Adolfo Flores, Juan Mendoza, Edgar Munoz, Anthony Claudio, Keybel Escobar (5/26/2011)...

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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 no surprise that Ramirez signed so quickly.  We heard last month that the Pirates were a big player for...

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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. He played five years in a baseball academy called Galvez Sobral in Guatemala and has been watched by scouts for years. The Pirates agreed...

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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 been releasing his July 2nd previews, and has an interesting note for Pirates fans in today’s preview of outfielders and catchers....

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