• 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...

  • Pirates 2011 International Spending Review

    Baseball America has released the 2011 international spending information, noting the top overall spenders, and the top 30 individual bonuses. The Pirates finished sixth overall in 2011, spending $4.09 M. They were fourth overall in 2010 after the signing of Luis Heredia drove them to $5 M. Two of the top 30...

  • International Hitting Prospects Starting to Emerge

    I was watching batting practice at Pirate City towards the end of the day the other day. I was talking with one of the coaches, whose name I'll leave out of this article. He asked me who I wrote for, and my response to that question always leads to one of two...

  • Pirates Sign Three Prospects from the Mexican League

    According to two links here and here (both in Spanish) The Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday signed three young players from the Leones de Yucatan team in the Mexican League. Two other the players have experience, one does not. According to the official Leones website, all three players will report to the Dominican Academy....

  • International Updates: Cespedes, Chen, Wada

    Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter: -He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy. -The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel.  This is...

  • Changes Coming to International Free Agency

    The Pirates spent $2.6 M on Luis Heredia in 2010. We've heard a lot about the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks as it pertains to the draft and free agency.  Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated tweeted a CBA update on the changes that could be coming to the international market.  Segura reports that...

  • Pirates Have a Visit Scheduled With Cespedes

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports (via MLBTR) that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be one of the teams who will be scheduling a visit with Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes in the coming weeks.  We heard on Monday that the Pirates were one of the teams who attended the workouts of Cespedes. The article...

  • Pirates Are Suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

    Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.  The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes' abilities.  On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with...

  • 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...

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