Ten International Players to Watch

For those that don’t follow the players who have yet to come stateside,I figured I’d give a brief description of the players I think are the ones to watch.This isn’t necessarily a top ten list as I left off some players who are performing well in favor of higher priced kids,or ones who had more favorable scouting reports. As always with players in the DSL/VSL you take what they’re doing with a grain of salt...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signings

I will be keeping track of all of the 2010 international signings made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, with bonus information when available. Below are the players the Pirates have signed. To read about these players, check out the signings news: Signings News: -Pirates sign Willy Garcia (2/18/2010) -Pirates sign Wilson Lee, Isaac Sanchez, and Miguel DeAza (5/10/2010) -Pirates sign Angel Sanchez, Brayan Almonte, Jose Acosta, Jose Roman,...

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June Prospects Rundown: Rookie League Pirates

The Pirates have three rookie league teams: the Gulf Coast League Pirates, plus a team in the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer leagues.  Last year the VSL Pirates were one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pirates’ system, due to a lot of talented international players like Exicardo Cayonez and Jorge Bishop.  This year those players have moved up to the GCL, while a new crop of players have arrived in the...

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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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2010 DSL Pirates Preview

The Dominican Summer League Pirates didn’t get as much attention in 2009 as the Venezuelan Summer League Pirates, which is probably due to their 29-38 record, and the lack of big name prospects at the level.  A lot of the breakout players and big bonuses were in the VSL for the Pirates, which is probably why the DSL team saw a big overhaul this off-season. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the DSL, here is a...

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