2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Dominican Summer League Preview

The 2013 Dominican Summer League begins play on Saturday, with both Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates in the league taking the field, one of them as the defending champions. The league has a 72 game schedule and runs through the end of August. While the Pirates have two different teams in the league, known as Pirates1 and Pirates2, the players they have in the Dominican Training Facility will often switch teams during the season, so the...

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Pirates 2012 International Spending Recap

Ben Badler of Baseball America, released his recap of the Pirates 2012 International spending today. Like every other team in baseball, the Pirates had a $2.9 M cap for spending on International players. That cap didn’t go into place until July 2nd and it runs until June 15,2013. Any signings made earlier in the year did not count against it, plus there are a few allowances for spending just over the 2.9 M number. The top six...

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DSL Pirates 2012: Players to Watch

Complete DSL Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers 10 Prospects to Watch Unlike the other teams in the system, it is much harder to put together a top ten prospect list for the Dominican Summer League. There is very little to go on besides the season stats, signing information and scouting reports that are few and far between. You base a lot on performance, where the players actually played on the field, and the player’s age, both...

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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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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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