• 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • No International Draft for 2013, But 2014 Looks Promising

    There will be no international draft for 2013, but the goal is to have all the pieces in place for 2014.

  • Pirates Linked to International Third Baseman

    Ben Badler of Baseball America has released scouting reports for nine players to remember for the upcoming international signing period, as well as ten more players to watch. In the "ten more" group, Badler notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates are linked to third baseman Julio de la Cruz, who comes out of...

  • Pirates Rumored to Be One of Eight Interested in Taiwanese Infielder

    According to Taiwan Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of eight major league teams who have shown serious interest in Taiwanese infielder Tzu-Wei Lin. The site mentions that Lin should receive a seven figure bonus, which would be the highest signing bonus for an amateur non-pitcher out of Taiwan. Other teams that...

  • Potential Loopholes to the International Signing Period

    Baseball America discusses how teams may potentially circumvent the international spending cap starting this July 2nd.

  • The Viability of an International Draft

    Is a truly blended worldwide draft in the near future for Major League Baseball?

  • Pirates Sign Five Players From Colombia

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed four players out of Colombia, according to El Universal (link in Spanish). Pirates Prospects has learned a bit more about the signings, including the addition of a fifth player. Gustavo Barrios Goez, Fredy Padilla Jr., Jesus Mena, Angelo del Castillo, and Tito Polo were all signed by Orlando...

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