Tuesday is July 2nd, which means it is the start of the 2013-14 international signing period. To get you prepared, Ben Badler of Baseball America has released his top 30 prospects, along with scouting reports for subscribers. The scouting reports include input on where each player could end up.

The Pirates aren't linked to any player in the top 30. When Badler released his top 10 prospects earlier in the year, the Pirates weren't mentioned on the list. That's not a big surprise, as the Pirates usually aren't in on the top international free agents. However, they're usually linked to someone in the top 30, and usually that someone is a Harold Ramirez/Elvis Escobar/Michael De La Cruz type outfielder who the Pirates like more than most teams.

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