International Prospect Trends: June 2012

In early June, we did a Dominican Summer League preview, outlining some of the key players joining and returning to the DSL this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first month of the season is done, so it’s time to look back on how the aforementioned players have performed, as well as add some new names to the list of players to watch. Starting with the hitters for the team known as the DSL Pirates1, the more talented of the...

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Pirates Sign Julio de la Cruz For $700,000

UPDATE 2:45 PM: The Pirates officially announced the move. Rene Gayo’s statement on De La Cruz: “We are very excited to have signed Julio Delacruz who is, in our estimation, the best pure hitter available in Latin America this season,” said Director of Latin American Scouting Rene Gayo.  “Julio is a hitter with great rhythm and contact ability, with the knack for staying back and hitting the breaking ball along with using...

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International Signing Period Preview: New Rules Shouldn’t Hurt Pirates

There has been a lot of talk about how the new draft rules hurt the Pittsburgh Pirates, who spent more than any team from 2008-2011. The Pirates have also upped their spending on the international market, with a budget of $3 M a year. They’ve gone over budget the last two years, spending a little over $9 M, which ranks fifth in baseball in that time frame. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement limits teams to spending $2.9 M...

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Pirates Linked to Top 20 International Prospect

The International Signing Period starts on Monday, July 2nd. This year all teams will be limited to spending $2.9 M on the international market. That shouldn’t impact the Pirates much. Their budget the last few years has been $3 M, and they mostly prefer to go with lower bonus guys, rather than spending it all on one player. They have made a few exceptions in the past few years to go over their $3 M budget. Luis Heredia’s...

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Pirates Will Bid on Jorge Soler, Bids Due by Thursday

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be bidders on Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. However, Biertempfel adds that the Pirates won’t budge over their pre-set value, and won’t spend Yoenis Cespedes money. Cespedes signed a four year, $36 M deal with the Oakland Athletics over the off-season. Soler has drawn comparisons to Cespedes, with some saying his upside could be higher. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Dominican Summer League Preview

The 2012 Dominican Summer League rosters have been released as the teams kick off their 72 game season this weekend. This year the Pirates will have two affiliates in the league for the first time, as they decided to end their association with the Venezuelan Summer League after last season. New players will likely join this team as the season goes on and because the two teams are playing at the same complex, we will likely see players...

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