The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed three players out of Venezuela, Pirates Prospects has learned. The information on those three players can be found below.
Eliezer Ramirez, OF – Ramirez is an outfielder who bats and throws right. He’s 6′ 2″, 170, and is 16 years old. He has good arm strength, contact skills, and developing power. Ramirez draws comparisons to a young Von Hayes for his tools in the outfield and power potential at this point in his career, with the main difference being Hayes was a left-hander.
Nestor Oronel, LHP – Oronel is a 16-year-old left-handed pitcher. He’s 6′ 2″, 180 pounds. Has some sink to his fastball, which he just recently improved. He also has a good plus breaking ball, and a good feel for pitching.
Edgardo Leon, RHP – Leon is a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher at 6′ 3″, 185 pounds. He’s a sinker/slider guy with good sink and angle to his fastball. His arm action draws comparisons to John Candelaria.
Looking at the International Signing Tracker, that puts the Pirates at 12 signings this year. The two big signings have been Adrian Valerio and Edinson Lantigua.