2010 International Signing Period Preview

Last year at this time all of the talk was about Miguel Angel Sano, the top prospect on the international market, who was believed at the time to almost be a lock to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a long summer filled with an age investigation, and a breakdown in communications between the Pirates and Sano’s agent, Rob Plummer, Sano ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins for about half a million more than what...

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Pirates 'heavy favorites' for Luis Heredia

Ben Badler of Baseball America has his latest July 2nd notebook up, in which he discusses top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  In the discussion, Badler mentions that the Yankees, Athletics, and Dodgers have shown an interest in Heredia, but that the Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays are the heavy favorites to land the 15-year old pitcher. Heredia’s bonus demands were originally figured to be around $2.2 M, although...

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Pirates sign Dominican pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican pitcher Jonathan Herrand out of the Dominican league La Javilla for a $185 K signing bonus, according to Jeffrey Nolasco of Hoy (via MLB Trade Rumors). The report says that Herrand is 6′ 4″, and throws a fastball between 93 and 95 MPH, with a good changeup and an excellent curveball.  Herrand’s coach compares his mechanics to a young Pedro Martinez.  Herrand is a...

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