Pirates Sign Cuban Pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600 K

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports on a signing from back in September that hasn’t been announced yet.  The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with Cuban right handed pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600,000 in September.  The deal is still pending the result of Lopez getting his visa. Badler mentions that Lopez is 20 years old, and is a sinker/slider pitcher who can run his fastball up in the low 90s.  The bonus is the second...

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Pirates Sign International Pitcher Leandro Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed international right handed pitcher Leandro Rodriguez, according to the Dominican Prospect League website.  Rodriguez was signed out of the league for $80,000. Rodriguez is 17 years old, and according to the article, was trained by former major leaguer Denio Gonzalez.  The article mentions that he has a loose arm, and projects to be a player to watch. The Pirates have signed a few players out of the...

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Singh and Patel Not the Only Reality Show Winners

I was doing research today to finish the international prospects section of the 2011 Pirates Prospects handbook, and came across this bit of information about 18 year old Dominican left hander Cristopher Richardson: Pittsburgh is also pursuing Cristopher Richardson, 17, a Dominican lefty and winner of that nation’s reality show El Rookie. Pirates G.M. Neal Huntington downplays the connection. “We are not interested in...

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Where Does Luis Heredia Rank?

After the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie from the 2010 draft class, we put together our updated top 10 prospect lists, to show where Taillon and Allie, and the other 2010 draft signings, would fit in our rankings.  Today the Pirates signed top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia for $2.6 M, giving him the biggest bonus in Pirates’ international signing history, and the fifth largest bonus in MLB...

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Pirates Sign Luis Heredia

Today is the day that the bidding begins on top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates are expected to reach an agreement today with Veracruz, the Mexican League team that owns Heredia’s rights. We’ve heard that the Pirates are favorites for Heredia, although that means very little until the player is actually signed.  Dejan reported a few days ago that the Pirates were strong...

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