The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Brian Sousa to a $160,000 bonus on Wednesday. He was mentioned in our July 2nd article about targets for the Pirates, though the article where he was first connected to the Pirates, called him Bryan Sosa. He is 16 years old, 6’4″, 165 pounds and was called one of the top pitchers from Panama in this signing class. Ben Badler mentioned that he is a sinker/slider pitcher that doesn’t throw hard now, though he has a good feel for pitching and should add velocity as he fills out. He also throws on a downhill plane already, which is a key for most pitchers in the Pirates system.
The Pirates have signed five players to six-figure contracts, totaling over $1 Mil between them. Links for all of them can be found here.